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French Restaurant In Pakistan Closed For Not Allowing Pakistanis

Blogger Farzana Versey from Mumbai weighs on the hypocrisy regarding alcohol consumption by Pakistanis while reporting on a recent incident:

La Maison, run by Frenchman Philippe Lafforgue, in a part of his house at an upscale area of the capital Islamabad, has been forced to shut down after there was an outcry against this discriminatory policy. There was no board outside saying so; it was a discreet decision by the management.

As the owner stated:

“It’s not a discrimination thing. It’s a culturally sensitive thing. How can I serve pork and booze to Pakistanis without getting into trouble? So I have a rule: no locals getting in…I can’t open it up to the Pakistani people because I serve alcohol. If I start serving locals, which is obviously profitable, I will have to bribe the police…which I want to avoid.”

She adds:

Many of the elite like to show off their bars and collection of wines, but do not raise their voice against government policies over their eating and drinking habits.

  • bahadur227

    She is a hypocritical herself. Being a bunderstani (indian) will she criticise a hindu not eating beef or any kind meat for that matter. If someone in Pakistan drinks and shows off his drink collection does not show he is a Muslim and is a hypocrate. Being a business in any country and not allowing locals to enter his premises is shear racial/religious discrimination and should not be allowed to happen at all. To discremenation of any kind should be condemned at all level. Next time she opens her mouth should think before writing that with her deeds how many people she will hurt. As a bunderstani she should be double careful before criticising Pakistanis and hurling abuses at a whim.

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