Posts on Kashmir unacceptable to Government of India

South Korean companies Hyundai and Kia, the Pakistani branches of American MNCs KFC and Pizza Hut, Japanese companies Osaka batteries, Atlas Honda Ltd. and Isuzu as well as German pharmaceutical company Schwabe carried posts expressing “solidarity” with “Kashmiri brothers and sisters”, and “praying for the liberation” on February 5, which is marked as “Kashmir solidarity day” in Pakistan. 

The government termed these social media posts as “unacceptable”. While, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) conveyed to a number of countries that it found the posts “offensive. At the same time, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar spoke to his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong to protest against the posts put out by Hyundai Motor Company.

Some of the companies that had issued the Kashmir posts have subsequently withdrawn and deleted their posts, and a few such Hyundai and KFC expressed their apologies and “regretted the offence caused to the people of India”. 

In response to calls by Indian social media users to boycott Hyundai products, Hyundai said that Hyundai Motors India was “not associated with the distributor in Pakistan” and the Japanese auto giant Suzuki Motor Corporation, in a statement put up by Maruti Suzuki on its Twitter account said, “As a corporate policy, we do not align with any political or religious inclination in any part of the world. Such communication from our dealers or business associates on these topics represents neither our company position not authorised by us. We deeply regret the hurt to sentiments, that such insensitive communication.

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