The owners of Savour Foods in Blue Area Islamabad were allegedly involved in manhandling government officials, including Environmental Protection Agency Director-General, Farzana Altaf, and Joint Secretary of Ministry of Climate Change, Hammad Shamimi.
The video of the incident surfaced on social media where the staff and management of the famous food chain tried to kick out the joint team which visited the restaurant for an inspection.
Savour Foods,the staff said they will not stop using plastic bags and started misbehaving and man handling the govt officials.
— Zartaj Gul Wazir (@zartajgulwazir) August 20, 2019
According to details, Savour Foods was violating the ban imposed on plastic recently. The famous Pulao Kebab food outlet is still using plastic bags for packing its food items, despite a complete ban on the use of plastic announced by the Ministry of Climate Change which came into effect on August 14. However, a number of restaurants and local shop owners are resisting the ban considering they have been using plastic shopping bags for decades.
The local administration has imposed a fine of Rs 0.2 million while sealing the restaurant for violating the ban.
According to Deputy Commissioner Islamabad, the culprits have been taken into custody for manhandling government officials.
Sir FIR is being registered. Culprits under custody. I'll update in a while
— Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (@dcislamabad) August 20, 2019
The incident has prompted the social media users to call for boycotting Savour Foods for their shameful behavior. The hashtag #BoycottSavourFoods was trending on Twitter post the incident.
— Rameesha qureshi (@rayqaaf) August 20, 2019
STOP GOING TO SAVOUR FOODS. A fine of 2 lac is a joke. All of their branches should be banned for atleast 2 months with a heavier fine. Let them sit there all alone with their egos and food going to waste. #BoycottSavourFoods@dcislamabad
— M. Hassan Mahmood (@MahmoodKaLarka) August 21, 2019
Really shameful, Disgraceful and unacceptable behavior by the Management of Savor foods.#BoycottSavourFoods
— Xohail Khan insafian (@sohailkhansays) August 21, 2019
Instead of playing their role in #SAYNOTOPLASTICBAGS compaign; such a shameful act by savour Foods. @dcislamabad;@hamzashafqaat must take strict action towards their ridiculous behaviour with @ClimateChangePK team.#BoycottSavourFoods
— محمد بلال انجم (@Bilal_anj) August 20, 2019
Such audacity to beat up people who're following up on a ban proposed by the gov.
Having personally experienced such a behavior while reporting for an academic course, I know how disgusting these owners are. https://t.co/TiWS0pQ6FK
— Fawad Ali (@HighonCarbz) August 21, 2019
Meager fine of Rs 200,000 is rubbish. I would like to see a change in Pakistan where these monsters are taken to task and restaurant sealed and person resisting implementation of law Jail. WHO WILL DO THAT? I.K?? #BoycottSavourFoods
— Naveed Ali (@NaveedA20739219) August 21, 2019
They've not only thrown out govt officials but also committed a state crime. What a shameful fine of only 2 lac and one month sealed? They should be prosecuted under Anti-Terrorism laws and this savour must be closed forever. Confiscate their assets too.#BoycottSavourFoods
— Zahid Mahmood (@zahidmahmood_) August 21, 2019
— نِکا کپتان (@IrfanHaral6) August 21, 2019
The people are appreciating the quick response by the Islamabad administration.
— Allahdad Ghumman (@AllahdadGhumma1) August 21, 2019
Shameful act by Savour foods Islamabad. Good to know @dcislamabad is taking action.
— Zunaira ali (@ZunairaAli2012) August 20, 2019
Others agreed on the plastic ban, but not on boycotting a famous restaurant.
I totally support the BanPlasticBags initiative but government lacked behind in providing alternatives…Savour administration didn't behave properly and should be fined but I will never support boycotting a business…already there is no business in Pakistan #BoycottSavourFoods
— Kamran Arshad (@kamranarshad) August 21, 2019
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