KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Kia Motors draw flak over Kashmir Solidarity posts

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The international brands are being called out in India for their Pakistani arms showing support on Kashmir Solidarity Day. KFC and Pizza Hut India release a statement, FADA joins the conversation & Hyundai releases a follow-up statement. All you need to know…

After Hyundai India, global brands including Domino’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Kia Motors have garnered flak on social media over posts on Kashmir Solidarity by their Pakistan-based franchise.

The fast-food restaurant chain KFC, back in 2021 through a social media post had posted ‘Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris’. Similarly, Pizza Hut Pakistan, in an Instagram post had posted, “We stand with you. Kashmir Solidarity Day”.

After the backlash, KFC India issued an apology on social media over the post, saying they “honor and respect India”.

The statement said, “We deeply apologize for a post that was published on some KFC social media channels outside the country. We honour and respect India, and remain steadfast in our commitment to serving all Indians with pride,” according to a message on their official handle on Twitter.

According to reports, Pizza Hut has also issued a statement after facing sharp backlash saying”it does not condone the contents of a post circulating in social media. “It does not condone, support or agree with the contents of a post circulating in social media. We remain steadfast in our commitment to serve all our brothers and sisters with pride,” it added.

Both KFC and Pizza Hut Pakistan seem to have deleted their posts after #BoycottKFC and #BoycottPizzaHut started trending on Twitter. Dominos too had posted similar content in 2020, which was later deleted by its handle.

Soon, #BoycottDominos also started trending. There has been no statement so far from the Indian handle of the brand.

Also read: All you need to know about the Hyundai Pakistan Kashmir tweet fiasco

Kia Motors’ Pakistan handles too had uploaded a post on their official Twitter handles, which led to calls of boycott of the automaker. The company is yet to issue any official statement. 

As the issue of Pakistan arms of various brands supporting Kashmir snowballed into a much bigger crisis for the second consecutive day, Hyundai too, released a follow-up statement, this time around taking a more stern stance.

The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) which is an apex national body representing Automobile Retail in India, has released an official statement on Hyundai Pakistan and Kia Pakistan over the social media post on Kashmir.

The organization also called out other auto companies that have taken a similar stance on Kashmir in the past.

Apart from that, Hyundai India which is still being heavily trolled has issued the second statement on the matter. 

Toyota India too released a statement, expressing that the political content posted on their social media handles were not brand approved and reiterated their commitment towards citizens.

With more and more old tweets of brands coming out, #MNCSLeavePakistan has been trending on Twitter. Watch this space for more updates on the matter.