Monal Restaurant is built on military land in the Margalla Hills which the army wants back, Capital Development Authority (CDA) Member Planning Dr Shahid Mahmood told a parliamentary committee. He told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change that 15 years ago the CDA “did not know it was building Monal Restaurant on military grasslands until the army started claiming it.”
The committee was told that the 22,000 acres of land that now constitute the Margalla Hills National Park were actually owned by the Punjab government. Around 5,500 acres of this land was allocated to the army, he said, although the exact year this allocation was made was not stated. The latest survey conducted by the authority revealed that the land allotted to the army is right in the centre of the national park, and Monal has been built on it.