NEW YORK: Having suffered from public wrath in the past when its outlets have been burnt, Kentucky Fried Chicken, commonly known as KFC, decided to shutter its outlets in Pakistan on Friday, CNN reported.
Yum! Brands, which owns the fast food chain globally cited the damage one of its outlets suffered during protests in Libya as the reason behind shutting its outlets in Pakistan.
However, the move did not prevent its outlets in Pakistan from escaping unscathed. A KFC outlet near PIDC in Karachi was damaged by angry rioters who managed to break into the outlet and vandalise the interior.
KFC has over 60 outlets in 21 Pakistani cities, many of which descended into violent protests on Friday.
The chain is not new to violence at the hands of protesters and rioters in Pakistan. Twice it has suffered the wrath of angry mobs. In 2005, an outlet was burned in Karachi. Another outlet was burned in the same city in 2009.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly mentioned KFC as KCF in the headline. The error is regretted.