State Department Warning U.S. Companies Possible Target of Protests in Pakistan
According to an alert by the OSAC:
“According to text messages circulated in Islamabad, Pakistan over the last 24 hours two protestors entered into an Islamabad McDonald’s franchise and threatened visitors, while behaving abusively and aggressively towards security. The protestors also distributed posters calling on several companies to leave Pakistan within 24 hours. While the credibility of this threat is unknown, constituents with operations in Pakistan are urged to pay close attention to Emergency Messages related to protests. Constituents are particularly worried about announced protests for September 21.
The protestors’ posters in Islamabad apparently singled out seven companies by name, encouraging them to leave the country within 24 hours. The list included McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Brinks, Colgate-Palmolive, Citibank, and Abbott Labs. All named companies have been contacted by OSAC. The posters also called for protests on September 21. While there are reports that the information surrounding the incident were untrue, McDonald’s has confirmed the incident.”
More analysis available for OSAC companies.