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Pakistan's Famous 'Gormint Aunty' Facing Social Boycott?

Karachi resident Qamar, better known as ‘Gormint Aunty’ to her fans for launching a tirade against Pakistan authorities, is facing social boycott.

Uday Singh Rana | News18.com@UdaySRana

Updated:July 19, 2017, 5:38 PM IST
Pakistan's Famous 'Gormint Aunty' Facing Social Boycott?
A report said that Qamar, has been at the receiving end of a cold shoulder from friends, neighbours, and relatives due to her anger management issues.
New Delhi: She took the internet by storm last year in the Hindi and Urdu speaking world when an interview of her launching a tirade at Pakistani authorities went viral. Netizens in India and Pakistan are now well acquainted with the golden words, “Yeh Bik Gayi hai Gormint!” (This government is a sell-out!), but Karachi resident Qamar, better known as ‘Gormint Aunty’ to her fans, may be facing social boycott in her neighbourhood.

A report by Pakistani news outlet Samaa TV said that Qamar, a resident of Karachi’s Martin Quarters, has been at the receiving end of a cold shoulder from friends, neighbours, and relatives due to her anger management issues. A Samaa TV reporter quoted ‘Gormint Aunty’s’ son in her blog post. “She hurls abuses whenever her blood pressure is high and she doesn’t even realize what she is saying. She uttered whatever came in her mind when the TV vaalay came in our area that day because she was extremely angry and her blood pressure was also high,” he told reporter Shahla Mahmood.

He spoke of how his mother, now an internet sensation, has struggled with a short temper. But the aftermath of the now-famous interview has been disastrous for her. He added, “Our extended family has socially boycotted us. Everyone makes fun of my mother. We have stopped attending family events because people, instead of enjoying the family functions, shift their focus on my mother. We have had many altercations with our relatives and neighbours over the issue. As a result, no one comes to our house anymore.”

Qamar’s words ‘Yeh Bik Gayi hai Gormint!’ became an oft-repeated phrase on the internet after her interview went viral. A reporter asked her about power cuts in her Karachi neighbourhood, which sent Qamar into a diatribe filled with expletives. Memes, jokes and sketches, including one from Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, flooded the internet. Manufacturers in India have even started selling T-shirts and other merchandise, some even depicting her as Revolutionary icon Che Guevara, bearing the words ‘Yeh Bik Gayi hai Gormint!’.

| Edited by: Puja Menon
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