US blogger Cynthia Ritchie together with officers from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and the Federal Investigation Agency’s cybercrime wing have been summoned by the Islamabad Justice of Peace on June 9.
The summons have been issued in reference to the continuing feud between PPP and Ritchie which appeared to have begun along with her “slanderous” remarks in opposition to Benazir Bhutto, however what the blogger claims possible stem from “dirt” she has on the get together.
PPP district president in Islamabad, Advocate Shakeel Abbasi, in a dialog with Geo News mentioned that the classes decide was approached after the FIA didn’t file a case in opposition to Ritchie for her remarks in opposition to the late PPP chief.
“Cynthia Ritchie, FIA and the Islamabad SSP have been summoned on my request under Section 22-A [of the Code of Criminal Procedure],” he mentioned.
According to the CrPC, the Justice of Peace is a district and classes decide or an extra district and classes decide nominated by the previous assigned the extra activity of retaining peace within the space.
The decide “on receipt of information of the occurrence of any incident involving a breach of the peace or of the commission of any offence within such local area” will make inquiries into the matter.
His powers lengthen to dealing with complaints, issuance of suggestions to the responsibility cops relating to registration of prison instances, and switch of investigation from one officer to a different.
Ritchie’s letter to FIA
Meanwhile, contents of a letter Ritchie wrote to the FIA after a criticism was filed in opposition to her by the PPP, have emerged.
“I am a freelancer and pay taxes to FBR and report my income to IRS in USA. I am not on government payroll. I take projects (such as KP Dept of Archaeology/Engro/and some cleared NGOS) as matters of personal and professional interest,” she wrote, including that she has been in Pakistan for “10+ years”.
She mentioned she has been engaged on an “investigative film”.
“To be fair, I’ve wanted to do a documentary on Bilawal as a potential future leader. I have no interest in fighting PPP,” Ritchie mentioned.
Last week, the PPP advocate had moved a criticism with the FIA’s cybercrime wing in opposition to Ritchie for her “slanderous” remarks in opposition to late get together chief Benazir Bhutto.
“Through this application, it is brought to your notice that a woman, who goes by the name of Cynthia D Ritchie on Twitter has passed extremely derogatory and slanderous remarks about Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, through her Twitter handle/account,” the letter dated May 28 learn.
“Her remarks being false, untrue, defamating and slanderous as they are, have caused immense pain and agony to the millions across Pakistan who revere and hold Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in high esteem,” it mentioned.
“Your office is requested to take immediate action and initiate proceedings against this woman as prescribed by the law and under your mandate. A photocopy of the tweet, a true portrayal of her sick and disgusting mind is attached with the application,” the letter added.
Ritchie-PPP spat takes darkish flip
A day earlier, Ritchie made explosive claims, accusing former inside minister Rehman Malik of raping her, in a video broadcast dwell on Facebook.
She additionally accused former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and federal minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin of “physically manhandling” her at a separate event.
The US blogger additional claimed she was a sufferer of cyber harassment by varied members and supporters of the PPP.
Malik has vehemently denied the accusation, terming it “baseless, shameful, and inappropriate”.
The PPP chief’s spokesman, in an announcement, mentioned that the aim behind the US blogger’s allegations was to wreck the repute of Malik.
“The US woman made the inappropriate allegations against Rehman Malik upon the instigation of a certain individual or a group,” mentioned the spokesman on behalf of the previous inside minister.
Gillani, too, has flatly denied the allegations.
“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, including: “Who gave her the right to accuse politicians like this?”
He mentioned responding to such statements can be “contemptuous”.
He famous that Ritchie had not too long ago levelled a number of accusations at former Pakistani prime minister and late get together chief Benazir Bhutto and “no one can tolerate such accusations”.
“I am not worried about what was said about me. I am more concerned about the baseless accusations levelled at Shaheed Benazir,” Gillani mentioned.