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 Capital Development Authority (CDA) has stated that Monal Restaurant, a popular eatery in the protected Margalla Hills National Park, is built on its land. The CDA’s report said this area is part of Chackgaa in Saidpur village, which was acquired by the CDA in exchange for money paid to locals through a land award dated Feb 10, 1965.