Court bars govt barred from deporting Cynthia

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Cynthia D Richie

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has stayed interior ministry order for deporting US blogger Cynthia D Ritchie, issued notices to interior ministry, DG FIA, others and sought reply from them. IHC bench led by Chief Justice (CJ) Athar Minallah took up the petition filed by Cynthia Ritchie for hearing Monday.

The court during the hearing of Cynthia Ritchie petition remarked Cynthia Ritchie should inform in writing with reference to all the allegations till next hearing. We will ensure complete justice is administered to her.

The counsel for Cynthia Ritchie said the interior ministry while rejecting visa has neither made mention about the reasons nor has it heard us. The court remarked it is not necessary to mention the reasons in connection with rejection of visa.. No reason is mentioned  for rejection of visas of Pakistanis  daily.  Your ground is this that cases with reference to you are pending hearing in the subordinate courts.

The court directed Cynthia Ritchie to file affidavit with making mention about her allegations as well and adjourned the hearing of the case.