[ View the story "French restaurant restricting Pakistanis shutdown" on Storify] French restaurant restricting Pakistanis shutdown La Maison' raided following controversial policy restricting reservations by local community.
The Stream· Tue, Jan 07 2014 09:51:40
La Maison update. Raided by police with the inevitable TV cameras in tow. Trying to get more details from afar/Khi. NoToApartheid.cyril almeida
Some praised Cyril for bringing the restaurant's policy to the public's attention:
@cyalm Thank you for playing your part as a responsible citizen.Farrukh
@cyalm great work Cyril almeida keep it up and expose such no go areasManidabest
@SumbelinaZ yes Bravo social mediaYasir Shahid
Despite the outrage caused by the policy of "La Maison", the restaurant's shutdown triggered mixed reactions online:
Jeet Hamari Hui!! ---> French restaurant La Maison in Islamabad which refused to allow Pakistanis entry has been shut down by the policeomar r quraishi
argues back that the shut down is not a 'victory', rather it affects the image of Pakistanis.
Translation: Those people won who hit a shoe in Pakistanis' faces.
@omar_quraishi جیت ان کی ہوئی جنہوں نے پاکستانیوں کے منہہ پر جوتا مارا!Aneela Ehsan
Other Pakistani netizens sympathized with restaurant-owner Phillippe Lafforgue who argues that the policy intends to respect Muslim traditions, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol and food that is not permissible in Islam:
@omar_quraishi @SaqiMemon /Every Rest or Cinema reserves the rights of Admission. Grow up my dear country men!Parvez A. Faruki
so many people on Twitter against #LaMaison, with no working knowledge of the law.Babar Khan
@pfaruki I appreciate the sensitivity of the owner of the resturant to local beliefs and respect his right to reserve admission to his placesaqib memon
@SaqiMemon Then instead of banning Pakis, The Restaurant should have made it clear that food was non-halal. @omar_quraishiSaad Z
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