Fine dining investiture La Maison was close down by military following widespread critique of a restaurant’s “no Pakistanis” policy. Many were quite angry since a French grill is located in Islamabad, a Pakistani capital.
According to a Times of India, Pakistani military recently raided a business after La Maison’s no locals rule was reported on amicable media in December. During a raid, officers detected reserve of bootleg liquor.
Authorities afterwards shuttered a grill after a final portion Saturday and charged owners Philippe Lafforgue with “unlicensed alcohol,” NBC News reports.
While a argumentative process had many citing comparisons to separation practices like apartheid, La Maison’s owners shielded his preference to make a rule.
“It’s not a taste thing. It’s a culturally supportive thing,” Lafforgue told NBC. “How can we offer pig and drink to Pakistanis but removing into trouble? So we have a rule: no locals removing in.”
Consumption of ethanol and pig are banned underneath Islamic law.
Islamabad-based publisher Cyril Almeida was among a initial to news that a grill usually accepts reservations for congregation with unfamiliar passports.
La Maison, Marvi Road, F-7/1. Refused to give me a reservation as a Pakistani. Vague references to ‘Pak law’. Will follow up. NoToApartheid.
— cyril almeida (@cyalm) December 13, 2013
Other Pakistanis chimed in on Twitter and reliable that a restaurant asked for nationality.
Almeida after exchanged emails with Lafforgue, Al Jazeera reports. “Everybody is acquire even pakistani people with a twin national,” [all sic] Lafforgue wrote in an email, that Almeida common on Twitter.
However, it seems, what many were holding emanate with is Lafforgue’s purportedly sweeping anathema of Pakistanis.
“[S]ince when did ‘Pakistani’ turn synonymous with ‘Muslim’?” Fatima A. Athar writes in a blog post for The Express Tribune. “How does possession of a twin nationality make a disproportion if they are in fact Muslims?”
Lafforgue is reportedly seeking to free a French restaurant, that done a entrance in Islamabad in October.
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