This Taxi App Comes With A Rishta Service. ROFL.

This app-based taxi service is offering passengers the chance to share their cab with a rishta aunty, tell her their preferences and potentially find a future spouse.

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This Taxi App Comes With A Rishta Service. ROFL.

The app-based taxi service offers passengers a chance to share their ride with a marriage matchmaker


Islamabad, Pakistan:  A Pakistan app-based taxi service has launched an unusual add on, offering passengers the chance to share their ride with a marriage matchmaker.

Users in Pakistan woke on Wednesday to an unexpected notification from Careem - an Uber-like taxi hailing app popular in Muslim countries: Have a 'rishta aunty' accompany you during your ride.

Rishta aunties, or marriage matchmakers, keep detailed records of eligible men and women - from education level and salary, to height and weight - and will set you up with your future spouse, for a fee.

Usually portrayed in popular culture as bespectacled women with a clipboard of names and an ancient Nokia mobile, the aunties have had an update thanks to Careem. 

The rishta service - which has only been rolled out for two days in two cities in Pakistan - quickly had the country's vocal Twitterati on overdrive.

"Careem is the halal Tinder now, except that there's a rishta aunty who'll do the swiping for you," joked one Twitter user.

But many were speculating that it was just a marketing ploy by the taxi app service.

"Driving with rishta aunty a success for @CareemPAK already, it's 11:33 AM and half the marketers in my list are talking about it," wrote Amnaa Tariq on Twitter.

Careem Pakistan was quick to defend the move as a legitimate service.

"We'd noticed that rishtas are a popular topic of discussion among our more senior users. So we've launched this service in order to help the younger people find a right match," said Careem Pakistan's head of public affairs Sibtain Naqvi, according to local media.

"During the ride people can tell the aunty their preferences and the aunty will later get in touch with them with a suitable rishta (relationship)," Mr Naqvi added.

It's not the first time that the taxi app has sought to diversify. In January the firm rolled out "Careem Doctor", offering to bring a medical professional to your doorstep.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
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