Islamabad Administration Seals Monal & 6 Other Restaurants in Margalla Hills

Islamabad’s district administration has sealed Monal restaurant along with six other eateries in the Margalla Hills National Park on the directives of the Federal government.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad, Hamza Shafqaat, has also confirmed that 7 eateries in the Margalla Hills including Monal and La Montana restaurants have been sealed over violations of environmental laws.


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DC Islamabad said that the capital administration has taken this action on the verbal order of the Ministry of Climate Change, adding that written order will be received shortly.

Yesterday, Minister for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul, revealed that the federal government has decided to shut down Monal restaurant along with other eateries built in the Margalla Hills National Park as environmental laws proscribe construction and business activities in national parks.

Gul said that the government will not only oppose construction in national parks but will also demolish the existing infrastructure to restore their biodiversity.


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She added the government is now focused on preserving the 15 national parks across Pakistan along with the completion of the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project that has increased the country’s total forest cover from 4% to 6% in the last 2 years.

Monal restaurant was previously sealed in May this year on the directions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The apex court had taken notice of the illegal construction in the Margalla Hills after Monal’s management started chopping down trees surrounding the eatery in an attempt to expand surreptitiously.


  • This land is already taken over by Pakistan Army. It is no longer a public property. Now DHA will launch a project on seized land and a private luxury club for officers will be established there. It is sad that the entertainment spots for Public and Civilians is being taken away. Now rich people with memberships will soon visit those places.

    • Its 4 to 5 months old news that Army took over Monal and this area. But due to bad PR army was receiving, they stopped the news and Covid happened…. Ab bas kandha is PTI Government ka hai laikin bandook Army hi chala rahi hai.
      Very sad to see this amazing tourist destination which really made Paksitan an attractive destination for us public and foreigners is being taken over by Army.

  • Pakistan Army has already taken this area like all other prime lands in the country. They will build private villas and clubs to be freely used by army officers.

  • Its 4 to 5 months old news that Army took over Monal and this area. But due to bad PR army was receiving, they stopped the news and Covid happened…. Ab bas kandha is PTI Government ka hai laikin bandook Army hi chala rahi hai.
    Very sad to see this amazing tourist destination which really made Paksitan an attractive destination for us public and foreigners is being taken over by Army.

  • Everyone knows why this order has been issued, All over the world there are public places at oceans, mountains, river sides, and in forests. It does not mean that if public go to forests, oceans, riversides and mountains they will destroy natural beauty. Its the duty of district administration to keep check and maintain the beauti. Margalla hills are now closed for public upon the orders of ….. . There will be
    an officers mess soon for environmental protection of margalla hills.

  • This is very unfortunate that a good and attractive public place is Force fully and illegally being taken over by a state departmemt. I think this country should be handed over to this state department so that they should be exposed to the public instead of calastine operation. THIS IS ANOTHER BLACK SPOT ON PTI SO CALLED GOVERNMENT. Very Bad indeed.


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