Published On: Fri, Jan 15th, 2021
Published in Category: Islamabad

US blogger Cynthia Ritchie withdraws petition seeking rape FIR against Rehman Malik

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ISLAMABAD : Islamabad High Court (IHC) accepted on Thursday the petitions filed by US Blogger Cynthia D Ritchie and PPP leader Senator Abdul Rehman Malik to withdraw their cases against each other.

IHC’s Justice Amir Farooq granted both the petitions. According to Ritchie’s lawyer Imran Feroz Malik, she had filed a miscellaneous petition to withdraw the case.

On the other hand, Malik’s lawyer also withdrew the petition against Ritchie. The two had approached the court to file cases against each other last year.

In June last year, Ritchie had come out with startling allegations of rape by the former interior minister and assault by other PPP leaders in 2011. In a video released on Facebook, Ritchie said, “In 2011, I was raped by the former interior minister Rehman Malik. That’s right, I’ll say it again. I was raped by the then interior minister Rehman Malik.”

Ritchie said she was reserving “some of the more graphic details” because her audience could include children, but added that she would be “happy to go into more detail” with neutral investigative journalists.

A spokesperson for Malik denied the allegations and responded, “He [Malik] does not want to respond directly, but denies the allegations”. “The allegations are untruthful and have been made to harm Senator Rehman Malik’s reputation.”

Ritchie had submitted a petition with the IHC under sections 22-A and 22-B of the Code of Criminal Procedure seeking a directive for police to register a criminal case against Malik after her allegations were dismissed by the justice of peace (twice), District and Sessions Court, Islamabad, and by police.

The former interior minister had also submitted petitions with the IHC seeking registration of a defamation case against Ritchie. However, later in October 2020, Malik said he would opt not to pursue criminal and civil cases against Ritchie.