KFC Pakistan Closes Doors To Violence
Just a few weeks after it was reported that the Pakistani McDonald’s would not allow couples to sit together, there is some more bad news for the fast-food lovers in this part of the world. Yum! Brands, which owns KFC, has decided to close down its franchises in the country due to violent attacks on a KFC restaurant in Lebanon recently. The move comes as a precautionary measure and the company has decided to continue to monitor the situation before deciding to re-open the closed outlets,
It is KFC Arabia, a division of Yum! Brands that owns franchises in 11 Middle Eastern countries. With the recent violence against an anti-Islam video that left 15 people dead last weekend, KFC seemed to have no other option but to shut doors. With 60 restaurants in more than 20 Pakistani cities, the decision was made after much deliberation.
In Tripoli, Lebanon, protestors attacked and set fire to one KFC restaurant as well as two other US franchises. While the employees of these franchises and their families are safe, the company is not ready to take any further risk. The KFC decision comes close on the heels of the US government’s decision to shut down its embassy in Pakistan on September 17, 2012. The embassy was closed after an attack in Libya left the US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others dead.
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