ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered that the US blogger Cynthia D Ritchie will stay in Pakistan till the next hearing.
The Chief Justice of IHC Justice Athar Minallah conducted the hearing of a case related to non-issuance of visa to the US blogger Cynthia D Ritchie. Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Syed Muhammad Tayyab Shah also appeared in the hearing for representing the Centre.
CJ IHC Justice Athar Minallah said that the plea against Cynthia has turned useless. The US citizen levelled serious allegations. The chief justice questioned whether the government is willing to hold transparent investigation against her allegations or not.
The high court ordered that the US citizen will stay in Pakistan till the next hearing. Moreover, CJ IHC questioned relevant authorities regarding the requirements of business visas. “If anyone gets a business visa, the individual can do anything in this country?, remarked Justice Minallah.
“How many people the interior ministry has deported so far over the violation of visa?” remarked CJ IHC, adding that there is a need to investigate into the allegations against Cynthia D Ritchie.
Later, the chief justice of the high court adjourned the hearing till October 13.
In the previous hearing, the IHC had stopped the interior ministry from deporting US blogger besides ordering her to submit an affidavit detailing her allegations in the document.