After Hyundai, KFC, and Pizza Hut are also facing similar backlash in India after its counterpart in Pakistan expressed solidarity with Kashmir on 5th February, Kashmir Solidarity Day.
Calls to boycott KFC and Pizza Hut have been made on Indian social media under #BoycottKFC on Twitter. The barrage of criticism has forced KFC India and Pizza Hut India to apologize to the Indian nation.
“We deeply apologize for a post that was published on some KFC social media channels outside the country. We honor and respect India, and remain steadfast in our commitment to serving all Indians with pride,” wrote KFC India.
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.
— KFC India (@KFC_India) February 7, 2022
Pizza Hut, in its statement, said “it does not condone, support or agree with the contents of a post circulating in social media. We remain steadfast in our commitment to serving all our brothers and sisters with pride.
Both KFC and Pizza Hut have posted expressing solidarity with the people of Kashmir. KFC Pakistan in its post said: “Kashmir belongs to Kashmiris.”
Similarly, Pizza Hut Pakistan said: “We stand with you. Kashmir Solidarity Day.”
These posts triggered a strong reaction from India forcing them to delete the tweets. Pakistani netizens, however, believe that the intense reaction and aggression from Indian social media users on the issue is duly bringing to the world’s attention the much-neglected Kashmir dispute.
— Bad Cat (@purrrkins) February 7, 2022
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Hyundai faces backlash
Earlier, Hyundai, the leading South Korean manufacturer, faced backlash in India after Hyundai Pakistan expressed solidarity with Kashmir in a recent post.
Hyundai Pakistan, on 5th February, had expressed solidarity with the people of IIOJK on Kashmir Solidarity Day. The post on their Facebook and Twitter account read: “Let us remember the sacrifices of our Kashmiri brothers and stand in support as they continue to struggle for freedom. #HyundaiPakistan #KashmirSolidarityDay”.
Calls had been made to boycott the South Korean company and that nation should not buy their products. Several people tagged Hyundai India on the post urging them to comment on the post. According to reports, many people had canceled their bookings for the Hyundai vehicles