ISLAMABAD – On Wednesday, the Ministry of Interior discarded the visa renewal application of Cynthia Dawn Ritchie, a US blogger, and asked to depart the country within 15 days.
As per the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, the visa renewal application of Cynthia Dawn Ritchie had been discarded and directives had also been issued to her for departing the country within 15 days.
The order comes after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) shown anger over the clarification given by the ministry in Cynthia’s case and gave it a final opportunity to render proper assistance to the court.
in the meantime, the American blogger apprised in her tweet that the Interior Ministry had discarded her application “under pressure”.
“The MoI— under pressure best known to them — has for the first time, in my over 10+ years in Pakistan, rejected my visa application. No reason has been given. I have a right to file an appeal & will do so. A higher forum must entertain my application & upon merits grant visa,” she informed.
The MoI -under pressure best known to them- has for the first time, in my over 10+ years in Pakistan, rejected my Visa application. No reason has been given. We have a right to file an appeal & will do so. A higher forum must entertain my application & upon merits grant visa.— Cynthia D. Ritchie (@CynthiaDRitchie) September 2, 2020
Cynthia Ritchie has been accused leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party including former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Rahman Malik of harassment.
The activists of the PPP had moved the court against her defamatory remarks.