Peeved at being the focus of controversy surrounding Union minister Shashi Tharoor, Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar claimed she had no role in his marital discord with Sunanda Pushkar and was a "victim of conspiracy".
Tarar, 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, reports Indian daily Hindustan Times.
"There were a lot of people present there," the 45-year-old Lahore-based journalist said while speaking to Geo Tez on Sunday night.
"When I wrote an article that mentioned him, his wife probably did not like that another woman whom she did not know praised him so much," She said, "So she asked him to stop talking to me. Despite that he (Tharoor) kept following me on Twitter. After this, she (Pushkar) said stop following her (Tarar) on Twitter.”
"I don't know why she had a problem about me talking to her husband over phone or email. The discussion I had with him was something I could have talked about to anyone, anywhere in the world," she said.
"Have you Googled? You will find that problems emerged in their marriage since May and June. I was not involved in their life. 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',” Tarar, mother of a 13-year-old, told the TV channel about the Tharoor and Pushkar.
52-year-old Pushkar was found dead in a five-star hotel in New Delhi. Pushkar and Tharoor were at the centre of a raging controversy when reports emerged that she was upset over reported text and tweet messages between her husband and Tarar.