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Court directs FIA to register case against US columnist

ISLAMABAD: A court in Islamabad has directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to register a case against US columnist Cynthia Ritchie for imposing false accusations against Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).
Last week, the Islamabad police refused to lodge a case against the US columnist. A petition was filed by PPP Islamabad President Shakeel Abbasim In his petition, the petitioner stated that Cynthia Ritchie had made baseless allegations against former prime minister late Benazir Bhutto.
According to the petition, the case should be registered against her. During the hearing, Ritchie’s lawyer had asked the court not to file the case. The FIA and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had requested the court to dismiss the plea against the US blogger.
As per the FIA, the petitioner was not the targeted victim so the agency could not lodge a complaint. Moreover, the counsel for the petitioner argued that due to the nature of tweets, the PPP was the aggrieved party.
To this, the court asked why the heirs of late Benazir Bhutto were not lodging a complaint. Cynthia D. Ritchie had become the centre of attention since she had posted critical remarks in her tweet about late Benazir Bhutto and her husband Asif Ali Zardari.

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