The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday ordered the capital’s authorities to lock off today’s Monal Restaurant and seize possession of the Margalla Greens Golf Club, which was built on encroached territory, while also ruling the military’s claim to 8,000 acres of Margalla Hills National Park unconstitutional.
While hearing a case involving encroachments in the national park, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued the order to Islamabad Capital Territory Chief Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed.
During the hearing, the climate change secretary demanded that Islamabad’s master plan be made public.
Justice Minallah stated that all rules pertained to the three branches of the armed services and inquired as to whether they were being followed. He questioned if the Pakistan Air Force had received consent from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for the projects that it had undertaken.
“This court will protect the wider public interest,” the judge said.
“It is possible that they might have some security concerns,” he remarked.
The judge said the concerns of the defence secretary should also be heard and the law should be strictly implemented. “Seal Monal if its lease has ended,” Justice Minallah added.