Ahmadi’s have been harassing people since 1879, as MGA published the first volume of his Braheen series. Kashif Chaudhry is the number 1 Ahmadi troll for the past 4-5 years.
Cynthia D Ritchie is popular on social media for portraying Pakistan’s soft image. While many admire the fact that a foreigner—a woman at that too– cycles freely in an otherwise conservative society, there are others who have taken exception to her hard-hitting tweets at ‘pseudo-liberals’ and those who mock her.
Cynthia took to Twitter and slammed Yasir Latif Hamdani, a lawyer who wrote an opinion piece in The Daily Times against her. In his piece, Hamdani referred to Cynthia as a ‘shady operative’ who arrived in Pakistan and declared herself as resident expert on Islam by making a negative statement against Ahmadis.
The piece got Cynthia’s attention (not in a good way) and she took to task Hamdani (understandably) but also Raza Rumi, editor of The Daily Times.
There were some who took her threat lightly, prompting her to tweet this.
The controversy grabbed eyeballs on micro-blogging site Twitter with many siding with Cynthia and spawning the hashtag #ISupportCynthia. Cynthia’s name was subsequently removed from the opinion piece but she was still infuriated.
In between the Twitter jibes and ‘You’ve messed with the wrong bi**h shots, Cynthia continued to portray a positive side of Pakistan.
She ended up abusing Raza Rumi as well in a tweet (which she has now deleted).
“F**k you Raza Rumi, you t**t,” she wrote in a tweet and all bets were off.
Here’s why she did it though.
Yes, part of the irony is that I’d apologized to Rumi a day or two before, for sharing a picture of him with @theRealYLH & KashifMD (YLH & Kashif both cyber bullies). And then I find out he edits the heinous article about me, written by YLH who is no Pakistani Patriot. Upsetting. https://t.co/IsT87fVCh1
— Cynthia D. Ritchie (@CynthiaDRitchie) January 1, 2019
She even gave props to the people who were instrumental in trending #WeSupportCynthia
A couple of hours later, Cynthia realized she had made a mistake by abusing Raza Rumi and in a mature way, apologized to him in a tweet.
Raza Rumi, who had demonstrated maturity by being silent all the time, finally responded to calm the Twitter storm. He appreciated Cynthia’s offer to reconcile over a cup of coffee sometime and in turn, informed Twitterati about his first day of the new year.
Enters the idiot
Farhan Virk, a social media celebrity (of sorts) in Pakistan known for operating various fake accounts, trolling the PTI’s opponents and harbouring jingoistic opinions, saw fit to involve himself in the dispute. He claimed that Cynthia had no right to abuse Raza Rumi as he had gotten shot for his views against the Taliban.
Not only that, he recorded a ridiculous video in which he urged Pakistanis to dissociate themselves from Cynthia as ‘We (Pakistanis) despite our difference of opinion with each other, should not allow a foreigner to abuse one of us.”
Hain? Why, Virk, why?
Cynthia responds to the troll by telling him to make a sandwich
She proceeded to say she didn’t even know who Virk was. Ouch.
The troll apologizes
It was then that Farhan Virk came across ‘thousands of documentaries’ that Cynthia had done to highlight and promote the positive side of Pakistan and apologized to her in a tweet. He took his words back and deleted all his tweets against her. Sigh.
So, that was all. And Cynthia went back to celebrating the new year.
The only good thing to come out of the Twitter spat—hilarious tweets
Stray observations—why does Cynthia love to tag the State Department in her every tweet? Why did she say ‘You all are fuc***g with the wrong b**ch?
Well, as usual, Twitter doesn’t let such things slide. And it didn’t.
The saga seems to be over. For now. Toning it down a notch, we’d like to end with the question–did they really mess with the wrong woman, though?
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