The mega chain known for its golden arches, Big Mac, and all-you-can-eat fries recently opened up shop in one of Pakistan's most dangerous militant hideouts, drawing criticism from an unexpected source. The city of Quetta, which is the reputed home of the Taliban's ruling council, just got its first-ever McDonald's—and it turns out the militant group isn't lovin' it.
"We don't even consider it as food," one Taliban member recently told NBC News. Though McDonald's tailored the location's menu to please Pakistani patrons: eliminating pork products, guaranteeing all items are halal, and offering a gyro-like wrap called the "McArabia," some locals are less-than-impressed.
- Fast Food Packaging: Are Chemicals Leaking into Your Food?
- The Emily Brooklyn Burger Everyone Is Talking About
- This New Plant-Based Food Packaging Will Cut Waste and Save You Money
When asked about his thoughts on the addition to the neighborhood, senior Taliban commander Ehsanullah Ehsan—a spokesman for the group—broke out in laughter, saying, "Hahahaha, so you are asking me about McDonald's food... we will never eat it." So if not a McArabia, what exactly is a Taliban commander's go-to meal? According to one member, mutton and rice is a particular favorite of the group.