Rejecting the rape allegations by American blogger Cynthia D. Ritchie, former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said it was a disgrace to respond to the allegation. He also said Cynthia Ritchie should be ‘ashamed of herself’.
American blogger and Pakistan explorer Cynthia D. Ritchie’s explosive allegations of rape against Rehman Malik has not elicited a response from the former Pakistan home or interior minister.
Then-Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has summarily rejected the charge that he molested Cynthia D. Ritchie at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad.
She has also accused then Pakistan Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin of physically assaulting her on a different occasion. Cynthia D. Ritchie was said to be really close to Makhdoom Shabuddin at the time of the incident.
EX-PAK PM GILANI DENIES
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has it was a disgrace to respond to the allegation of sexual assault leveled by Cynthia D. Ritchie. He said Cynthia Ritchie should be ‘ashamed of herself’ for crying rape and deliberately dragging Opposition leaders into a scandal. Cynthia D. Ritchie has not filed a complaint with the police but made these charges on social media.
“A person of my stature cannot think of it. I may have gone to Presidency to meet the president or with a delegation, and how could such nonsense thing happen there,” he said as his party battled with the questions raised by Cynthia D. Ritchie in a video on Facebook.
“Can a prime minister ever commit such an act at the Aiwan-e-Sadr,” he asked, “Who gave her the right to accuse politicians like this?”
“I am not worried about what was said about me. I am more concerned about the baseless accusations leveled at Shaheed Benazir,” Yousaf Raza Gilani said responding to the allegations against him. Cynthia D. Ritchie has made several remarks about the assassinated Prime Minister and PPP icon Benazir Bhutto’s sex life and her fascination for sex toys and young boys.
REHMAN MALIK SILENT
Rehman Malik, the powerful former interior minister, however, has been conspicuously absent. He has not responded to media’s calls to his residence and his personal mobile phone has been switched off since Cynthia D. Ritchie went live on Facebook to accuse him of raping her in 2011 after she was offered a drink laced with sedatives.
She said one night in 2011, she was at Rehman Malik’s official residence where she was received with flowers and offered a drink.
Rehman Malik, then interior minister, then raped her. On different occasions, she claimed, Yousaf Raza Gilani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin, physically manhandled her at the official residence of then-President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad.
CYNTHIA PRIDE OF PAKISTAN
Cynthia D. Ritchie’s charges have drawn support from many on social media as #CynthiaPrideofPakistan trended on Twitter soon after she spoke about the sexual assault. Members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have come out in support of her.
The other Opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League (N) has not revealed its stance and is feared to be the next target of Cynthia’s plan to expose the Opposition. She has promised to expose PML(N) as well. She has made it clear that PPP leaders were not the only ones who indulged in sexual exploitation of women.