French restaurant in Pakistan closed for apartheid

The La Maison restaurant in Islamabad was shut down by the authorities for denying access to Pakistanis unless they had foreign passports.

French restaurant in Pakistan closed for apartheid

World Bulletin / News Desk

A French restaurant in the Pakistani capital Islamabad has caused uproar in the country for its apartheid policy towards customers.

The La Maison restaurant, which was opened in Octoboer as a privately owned business on the ground floor of a home belonging to a man identified only as Lafforgue, denied access to Pakistanis unless they presented a foreign passport.

The issue was brought to light by a Pakistani journalist, Cyril Almeida, who launched a campaign about the restaurant on Twitter in December.

After being denied access to the restaurant himself, two senior police officers who went to investigate the matter were also turned away. Later, police raided the restaurant and closed it down.

It was reported that the restaurant was also selling products which contradicted Islam and Pakistani law, such as alcoholic drinks and pork products.

Lafforgue, who moved to Pakistan from France in 2005, said that he was determined to reopen the restaurant as a registered ‘private club’.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Ocak 2014, 16:25