Cynthia Ritchie not being deported, says federal government

Federal government, on Friday, announced that American blogger Cynthia Ritchie is not being deported from the country.

According to Interior Ministry’s response submitted in Islamabad High Court (IHC), American blogger Cynthia D Ritchie will not be deported from the country and will be allowed to stay in Pakistan for the time being.

During the hearing of the case seeking Cynthia Ritchie’s deportation, the American blogger expressed her gratitude for ministry’s decision in her favor.

Speaking to media after the court hearing, Ms Ritchie expressed her disappointment over the absence of the petitioner highlighting that in United States its compulsory for both parties to appear before the court.

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Prior to this an additional district and sessions court on June 15, had directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to file a case against the American blogger for her defaming Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership and derogatory remarks for Benazir Bhutto and others –  an order that has been challenged by Ms Ritchie in IHC .

It is to be noted that Cynthia Ritchie has also accused PPP leader and former Interior Minister Rehman Malik of rape, Makhdoom Shahabuddin and ex-PM Yousaf Raza Gilani of sexual harassment.