Islamabad, 06 June 2020 – Talha Akhtar:
Cythnia Ritchie, Rehman Malik, Yousuf Raza Gilani, Makhdoom Shahabuddin
PPP senior leader and Senator Rehman Malik has vehemently denied the rape allegation against him by US blogger in Pakistan, Cythnia Ritchie, calling them ‘baseless, shameful, and inappropriate’.
In a video broadcast live on Facebook a day ago, Ritchie alleged that one of the party’s senior members had raped her while two others had “manhandled” her at a separate occasion.
The PPP leader’s spokesman, in a statement, said that the purpose behind the US blogger’s allegations was to damage the reputation of Rehman Malik.
“The US woman made the inappropriate allegations against Rehman Malik upon the instigation of a certain individual or a group,” said the spokesman on behalf of the former interior minister.
Malik always raised voice against the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and against India’s mistreatment of its own minority Muslims.
The spokesman added that Malik always spoke up in favour of women rights.
The allegations against Rehman Malik came at a time when he took notice of the accusations against late Benazir Bhutto as the chairman interior ministry, added the spokesman.
Responding to the allegations against him, former premier Gilani asked: “Can a prime minister ever commit such an act at the Aiwan-e-Sadr?”
“What was the lady levelling such accusations doing at the Aiwan-e-Sadr?” he continued, adding: “Who gave her the right to accuse politicians like this?”
He said responding to such statements would be “contemptuous”.
In response of Rehman Malik, Cythnia Ritchie tweeted “RM should be asked about the night he invited me to his home in the minister’s enclave to discuss my ‘visa’. The flowers, the electronic device (unusual) gift & the drugged drinks he gave me.
Ask him if he remembers what I wore & what he said when he was on top of me. Bc I DO.”