SC Orders Closure of Monal Restaurant, others in Margalla Hills

 SC Orders Closure of Monal Restaurant, others in Margalla Hills

Supreme Court Orders Closure of Monal and Other Restaurants in Margalla Hills National Park

Unconstitutional Commercial Activities

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the closure of Monal and all other restaurants in the Margalla Hills National Park in Islamabad, deeming commercial activities in the national park unconstitutional.

Rejection of CDA Report

A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa rejected the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) report and ordered the administration to close all restaurants, including Monal, within 90 days.

National Park Land Not for Commercial Use

The SC verdict emphasized that national park land cannot be used for commercial activities. However, the court suggested considering affected restaurants for land leasing outside the national park.

CJ Questions CDA’s Honesty

During the hearing, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa questioned the CDA’s honesty, pointing out that the report mentioned other restaurants, the Sports Club Pak-China Center, and Arts Council National Monument. He sarcastically remarked that even the SC building and CDA office might be located within the national park, suggesting that the Authority should demolish its own building if that were the case.

CDA’s Neglect

Justice Isa expressed frustration that the whole world knew about the numerous restaurants built alongside Monal Restaurant, yet the CDA seemed oblivious to the situation.

90-Day Ultimatum

The administration has been given 90 days to comply with the court’s order and close all restaurants in the Margalla Hills National Park.

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