Court Orders FIA to File a Case Against Cynthia Ritchie

What is the delay, asks court.

After all that back and forth on Twitter, the matter of Cynthia Ritchie vs a major political party finally made it to court. But now the Additional District and Sessions Judge (ASJ) Jahangir Awan directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to register a case against American filmmaker.

PPP Islamabad President Shakeel Abbasi filed a petition against Cynthia Ritchie on Saturday stating that she had made baseless allegations against ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The petitioner requested that a case should be registered against her.


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Geo English reports that on Monday when the ASJ heard the plea, he approved PPP’s demand to file a case against the travel blogger with FIA. Even then, FIA and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) requested the court to dismiss the plea against the US blogger.

FIA informed the court that the petitioner was not the victim or guardian of the victim of the allegations made by Cynthia Ritchie, hence the agency could not lodge a complaint.

On the other hand, the petitioner’s attorney argued that due to the nature of tweets, the PPP was the aggrieved party. The court asked why the heirs of the late Benazir Bhutto were not lodging a complaint.

About Cynthia Ritchie case

It all started with a tweet about Benazir Bhutto’s marriage and domestic abuse.

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This was following by a vicious Twitter spat that is ongoing between the filmmaker, and PPP politicians, workers, and supporters.


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There were even instances of sexual harassment in the Twitter-sphere that Cynthia Ritchie shared, but it was her allegations of rape against PPP senator Rehman Malik and sexual assault against ex-premier Yousaf Raza Gillani, and ex-minister of health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin that sent shockwaves through Pakistan.


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She revealed that the incidents took place in 2011 when the PPP was the ruling party in Pakistan. Cynthia Ritchie has since then kept her followers posted on the legal developments.

Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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