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Number of female customers at Kabul restaurants surges again

Number of female customers at Kabul restaurants surges again

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12 Oct 2022 - 16:03
Number of female customers at Kabul restaurants surges again
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12 Oct 2022 - 16:03

KABUL (Pajhwok): Some restaurant owners in capital Kabul say the number of their customers, including women, has recently surged compared to the initial days of the incumbent government.

According to reports, after the takeover of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA),’ restaurant owners complained their business was slowly dying and said a small number of female customers visited the eateries.

Mohammad Gulzada, owner of a coffee shop in Qala-i-Fathullah area, said in the initial months of the incumbent government, their customers were afraid and thought they might be harassed by officials of the Islamic Emirate.

With the passage of time, the situation improved and in these days and nights their business has flourished and the presence of female customers has also increased compared to the first three months of the caretaker government. Up to 30 female customers daily visited their shop now, he added.

Gulzada linked the decline in the number of customers now compared to the republic time with the migration of a large number of people to foreign countries and deteriorated economic situation of the people.

Fareshta, not real name, manager of a restaurant in Qala-i-Fathullah area, said in the past women played role in every walk of life but after the takeover of the new regime, the number of their customers declined due to curbs and limitations.

She said in the past, half of their daily customers were girls, but in the first two or three months of the ‘Islamic Emirate’s’ rule, they did not have any female customer. Lately the number of female customers surged again, she added.

Behta, who came to one of the restaurants with her two friends to do group work, says that since the regime change, she did not leave the house at all for the first two months, but later over time, they gained courage to go to restaurants that have a separate section for women.

Ahmad Samim, in-charge of another restaurant in Kart-i-Chahar area of Kabul, said during the initial days of the incumbent government their business declined by 90 percent, but with the passage of time their business improved.

He said: “During the first three months women would not come to our restaurant, no family visited, but now the situation has improved. Up to 40pc of our customers are women.”

Shahzad Rasouli, a restaurant owner in Shahr-i-Naw area of Kabul, was happy about the improvement in restaurant business, but still he said people will come to restaurants when their economy is doing well. “When people do not have money to buy bread, how they will go to a restaurant”.

Meanwhile, all restaurant owners asked the government to provide work opportunities to people because their business depended on people’s economic condition.

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