India's junior federal minister and former UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor yesterday was at the centre of a smouldering row as his wife Sunanda Pushkar was engaged in a tweet war with a Pakistani woman journalist.
Sunanda Pushkar has accused Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar of “stalking” her husband and trying to “break” her marriage when she was away for treatment for three to four months.
She also reportedly alleged Tharoor was having an “extramarital affair” with the journalist and that she would “seek divorce”. Lahore-based Tarar is a mother of a 13-year-old son and a former Op-ed writer and a contributor to a Pakistani daily.
Pushkar said Tharoor and she are a “very happily married couple” and accused the journalist of trying to berate her for some “strange” reasons. She further alleged that Tarar wanted to have a “relationship” with her husband and asked her to stay away.
The unsavoury controversy surrounding Tharoor escalated amid exchange of some intimate messages.
Tharoor on Wednesday claimed his Twitter handle was hacked. The tweets instantly created a buzz on social media websites. “Sorry folks, my @Twitter account has been hacked & will be temporarily deactivated. Bear with me while we solve this,” he tweeted his followers.
Most of the tweets from his hacked account were addressed to Tarar, who was taken aback by the flurry of messages from the minister's handle.
Meanwhile, Tarar dismissed the allegations as untrue and said she was totally amused.
Tarar said she will file a defamation suit against Pushkar for defaming her by alleging she was an agent of Pakistan's spy agency ISI.
“I have nothing to say to a woman clearly out of her mind. To be called an ISI agent, a stalker… I have nothing to add. Just shows who she is,” Tarar tweeted.