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Tarar plays victim

Islamabad, Jan. 19 (PTI): Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar has said she had no role in Shashi Tharoor’s marital discord with Sunanda Pushkar and claims she is a “victim of conspiracy”.

The 45-year-old, who has changed her profile picture on Twitter to a burning candle following Pushkar’s death on Friday, said she met Tharoor twice, once in India in April and then in Dubai in June last year.

“There were a lot of people present there,” the Lahore-based journalist told Geo Tez last night.

“When I wrote an article that mentioned him, his wife probably did not like that another woman whom she did not know (had) praised him so much. So she asked him to stop talking to me. Despite that he (Tharoor) kept following me on Twitter after which she said stop following her (Tarar) on Twitter,” she said.

Pushkar, 52, was found dead at a five-star hotel in Delhi, a day after reports emerged that she was upset over reported text and tweet messages between her husband and Tarar.

“I don’t know why she had a problem about me talking to her husband over phone or email,” Tarar, mother of a 13-year-old boy, said.

Tarar claimed she was a “victim of conspiracy”. “Have you Googled? You will find that problems emerged in their marriage since May and June…. At that time, she didn’t know me, nor was she blaming me for anything.

“Google their names and you will see what will appear. ‘Marriage is about to break’, ‘Trouble in paradise’, ‘Fairytale is over’,” she said.

“A Pakistani woman sitting here cannot spoil their marriage.”

She said Pushkar had first attacked her after an interview she did with Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah. “She (Pushkar) tweeted saying why has our CM spoken to a Pakistani journalist. First Pakistan sends army and then sends journalist. She started fighting with me,” Tarar said.

Pushkar, she added, had not been well for a long time. “Some Indian Union minister also said she was seriously ill. Her husband and his office have said she had been on medication for the last three days.

“If she fights with her husband and later her health gets affected, what is the connection of the love story about me?” Tarar said.