Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Mehr Tarar 'absolutely shocked' at Pushkar's death

Pak journalist and Pushkar were at centre of a row over reported tweet messages between Tharoor and Tarar

Mehr Tarar 'absolutely shocked' at Pushkar's death (© PTI)

Islamabad: Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, at the centre of a raging controversy involving Union minister Shashi Tharoor, on Friday said she was "absolutely shocked" to learn of his wife Sunanda Pushkar's death.

"What the hell. Sunanda. Oh my God," Tarar, a 45-year-old Lahore-based journalist, said in a message posted on Twitter soon after news broke of Pushkar's death on Friday evening.

"I just woke up and read this. I'm absolutely shocked. This is too awful for words. So tragic I don't know what to say. Rest in peace, Sunanda," she said in another tweet.

Pushkar, upset over an alleged extra-marital affair between Tharoor and Tarar, was found dead in a five-star hotel in what police believe is a case of suicide.

Pushkar and Tharoor were at the centre of a row in the past two days when reports emerged that she was upset over reported text and tweet messages between her husband and Tarar.

Tarar, the mother of a 13-year-old son, had denied having an affair with the suave thrice-married Tharoor. She also shot off uncharitable barbs at Pushkar and defended herself.

Asked if she knew Tharoor, Tarar said on Thursday, "I met him in April last year for an interview in India. Then I met him in June in Dubai in a social gathering. Yes, I have been in touch with him once in a while on Twitter and email."

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