American blogger and Pakistan explorer Cynthia D Ritchie’s explosive allegations of rape against Rehman Malik has not elicited a response from the former Pakistan home or interior minister. Then-Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has summarily rejected the charge that he molested Cynthia D Ritchie at the Presidential Palace in Islamabad. She has also accused then Pakistan Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin of physically assaulting her on a different occasion.
Rehman Malik, the powerful former interior minister, however, has been conspicuously absent. He has not responded to media’s calls to his residence and his personal mobile phone has been switched off since Cynthia D. Ritchie went live on Facebook to accuse him of raping her in 2011 after she was offered a drink laced with sedatives.