ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Rehman Malik has sent another defamation notice to American columnist Cynthia Ritchie over false allegations.
The senior PPP leader, through his lawyers, served defamation notice of Rs500 billion to Cynthia Ritchie as she had alleged that horrific stories against former premier Benazir Bhutto were told to her by Malik.
According to the legal notice, Malik had never had any such conversation with the US citizen. He strongly rejected all allegations against him, terming them malice, highly derogatory and defamatory.
In a notice he further said that the allegation is a pack of lies to damage his national and international reputation which he has earned after tireless struggle for decades as analyst, politician, parliamentarian, and as a former interior minister.
Malik said that he considers it below his dignity to respond to the baseless and malicious allegations levelled against him by a foreign lady.
Earlier in June, Ritchie in a live video on her Facebook page accused that she was raped by Rehman Malik in 2011 when PPP was in power. Later, Malik, in response, couriered her a defamation notice worth Rs50 billion.
He asked her for a ‘public apology’ and withdrawal of rape allegations within 15 days. The notice stated, “In case of non-adherence, Malik will initiate civil and criminal proceedings against Ritchie.”