US blogger Cynthia Ritchie sent former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani a legal notice of Rs120mn in which she threatened to take legal action against him unless he tendered an apology, on Thursday.
Ritchie sent the notice through her counsel Nasir Azeem Khan Advocate, in which she stated that Gilani had harassed her and damaged her reputation by making false accusations.
She alleged that the former prime minister had harassed her “in connivance” with ex-interior minister Rehman Malik 2011. The legal notice accused the PPP media cell of harassing Ritchie on social media as well.
Saying that she was defamed locally and internationally, the US blogger called on Gilani to apologise to her. Ritchie warned that in case the PPP leader did not apologise for levelling allegations against her within 14 days, she would initiate legal action against him.
Ritchie made headlines when she accused former interior minister Rehman Malik of raping her in 2011, during a video broadcast live on Facebook.
She also accused then health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin of “manhandling” her, whiel saying that Gilani had given her an awkward hug, stating that the incidents occurred in 2011 when the PPP was in power.
Gilani had also sent a defamation notice of Rs100 million to Ritchie after she went public with accusations against him. The legal notice was sent to the US citizen through Gilani’s lawyers who asked her to respond within 14 days.
Malik, Gilani and Shahbuddin have categorically rejected Ritchie’s allegations.
Rehman Malik demands Cynthia Ritchie’s name be placed on ECL
Former interior minister Senator Rehman Malik in a letter on Wednesday demanded the interior secretary place US blogger Cynthia D Ritchie’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL).
In a separate letter, he also demanded the provision of foolproof security for her during her stay in Pakistan.
A spokesman for Malik officially endorsed letters being circulated on electronic media calling for the PPP leader’s demand for placing Ritchie’s name on the ECL.
Meanwhile, the former interior minister has also transferred the suo motu notice proceedings to Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and telecommunication.
He has also taken notice of the tweets by Ritchie regarding Benazir Bhutto and had directed FIA and PTA for reports and necessary legal action against her.
I’m not going anywhere: Cynthia
Responding to the call of placing her name on the no-fly list, Ritchie said the PPP was trying to have her deported. She requested the government to place her name on the ECL so that she could “fight this battle”.
“I’m not going anywhere. My vacations can wait,” she said.
Separately, former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had also sent a defamation notice of Rs100 million to Ritchie who accused him of physical manhandling.
The legal notice sent to the US citizen through his lawyers and asked her to respond to the legal notice in 14 days. Through the legal notice, the former prime minister and vice-chairman of the PPP had denied all the accusations and allegations levelled against him.
The notice stated that the allegations by Ritchie were part of a campaign to defame the national political leadership of the country.