Islamabad: In Thatta Sindh, a restaurant has apologized to a group of women for refusing to serve them because they are from Hindus community.

The incident took place on Saturday when women members of the minority wing of Pakistan People’s Party on their way to Larkana rested at the restaurant called Al Habib, positioned along the National Highway.

The restaurant management sensed they were Hindus; and refused to serve them food and asked them to leave.

This was extensively reported in Sindhi newspapers of Thatta and Karachi and a campaign was also launched against the discriminatory act from the restaurant management.

The reaction was so strong even the hotel manager Mansoor Kalwar along with attendants asked Hindu community members to the restaurant and formally apologized to them for the happening.

A Sindhi ajrak (shawl) also presented to the women as a mark of honor and respect according to local traditions by Kalwar.

A human-rights activist Kapil Dev, while talking to Gulf News on Tuesday confirmed the matter was settled as the restaurant management realized their activities were not acceptable in Sindhi traditions.

“They invited our honorable Hindu families back and broke bread with them,” he said.

He added, “The matter stands settled now and the women have also accepted their apology.”

Dev was the first person to report the matter on social media.

Activists across religions condemned the happening.

“This land belongs to Sindhis and such acts of discrimination on the basis of religion will distort our exemplary interfaith harmony,” said Dev.

Talking to Gulf News, manager of the restaurant, Kalwar said the matter was resolved now. It was nothing but a misunderstanding between one of the attendants of the restaurant and a minority member of the party, he said.

“Our attendant had only requested the woman not to spit on the floor that resulted in a minor argument and the delegation members exaggerated it into a Hindu-Muslim issue, which was very unlucky,” he said.



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