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Cynthia Ritchie found unconscious in Islamabad apartment: police

The blogger has been a controversial figure on Twitter

SAMAA | and - Posted: Aug 19, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago
Posted: Aug 19, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago

Photo: Cynthia Ritchie/Facebook

Cynthia D. Richie, an American blogger, has been found unconscious in her flat, said Islamabad police.

She was taken to Polyclinic hospital, said DIG Operations Afzaal Kausar. A medical examination was conducted and doctors declared her hale and healthy.

While her blood pressure was found normal, the doctors have performed gastric lavage, Samaa’s Adil Tanoli reported from Islamabad.

To complete the diagnosis, the doctors have collected samples and sent them to the laboratory. Ritchie was to remain at Polyclinic Hospital until doctors received the report.

Her apartment is located in Islamabad’s Diplomatic Enclave, Red Zone.

Who is Cynthia D. Ritchie?

Cynthia Dawn Ritchie, a US national who identifies herself as a media director and producer, has been in the news after she accused former interior minister Rehman Malik of raping her in 2011.

“I was raped by the former interior minister Rehman Malik,” Ritchie said in a video on June 5, 2020. She has also accused former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of “physically manhandling” her while he was staying at the “President’s House”.

In the same video, the US ‘media director’ had claimed that she had been invited to Pakistan by the Pakistan Peoples Party when Asif Ali Zardari was the president and Yousuf Raza Gilani was the prime minister.

Her claim appears to be contradicting her own statement which she made during an interview in 2018.

In an interview with Dunya News on June 6, 2018, Ritchie had said, “Several years ago, I was invited to Pakistan by Pakistani Americans when the floods happened in 2010 and I came to explore the country in a way that was very unique I think to an American to explore.”

In the same interview, the host asked her what she is doing in Pakistan and to that she replied: I am travelling and I am doing a travelogue.

Besides making a “travelogue”, Ritchie actively participated in political discussions on the media and social media. She is sometimes seen blatantly criticizing the Pakistani political parties.

On a similar issue, the PPP recently filed a complaint against her with the FIA for maligning former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto.

Ritchie told the FIA in a letter that “she was a law-abiding resident of Pakistan,” the Dawn newspaper reported. Not only that, according to the newspaper, she wrote that she had been “investigating” the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement and found the “links of anti-state activities between PTM and PPP”.

A few days before she wrote the letter, Ritchie had said in a video that she was seeking truth about the PTM.

“We seek truth, I seek truth, not PTM’s truth, not the army’s truth, not my truth, but the people’s truth,” Ritchie had said in the video on May 8, 2020.

“And there are many angles to this story,” she had added.

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One Comment

  1. SamDad  August 20, 2021 8:00 pm/ Reply

    What is this weird fascination with an ordinary America of average intellect? How does she even become newsworthy? There are millions of better people in Pakistan that need our attention.

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