The Supreme Court has ordered the de-sealing of Islamabad’s Monal Restaurant, suspending the January 11 Islamabad High Court. The IHC ordered sealing and taking over possession of the Monal restaurant built on encroached land situated in the picturesque Margalla Hills. The court had also declared the military’s claim to 8,000 acres of Margalla Hills National Park illegal.
The Monal Group of Companies had subsequently challenged the IHC verdict in the top court, urging it to revoke the high court orders. The top court questioned how the restaurant could be sealed before issuance of the written orders from the court. The court then issued directions to the authorities to de-seal the restaurant.