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Army wants its land on which Monal Restaurant is built: CDA official

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  1. Psychic

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    https://www.dawn.com/news/1516640

    ISLAMABAD: Monal Restaurant is built on military land in the Margalla Hills that it now wants back, Capital Development Authority (CDA) Member Planning Dr Shahid Mahmood told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday.

    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 CDA now owns 16,500 acres.

    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.

    Member planning tells NA body that 5,500 acres allocated to army in Margalla Hills were found to be site where the restaurant has been built

    Monal Restaurant was built in 2005 and was CDA property. Operation of the restaurant was leased for a 10 year period, Dr Mahmood told the committee.

    CDA officials told the committee the space is now being vacated and handed over to the army.

    However, committee chair MNA Munaza Hassan was more interested in finding out who had permitted the construction of a large restaurant inside the national park, which is protected by the law to conserve its natural environment and wildlife.

    Dr Mahmood said the CDA board at the time had permitted the restaurant’s construction, offering to share the board decision with the committee.

    He said several inquiries were undertaken to hold officials accountable for allowing the restaurant to be built, but none have been successful.

    The committee chair demanded the CDA share information regarding the construction of Monal Restaurant on protected land.

    Climate Change Joint Secretary Suleman Warraich said the government was unable to implement environment protection laws due to confusion over the demarcation of state land overlapping with private property. He said the Margalla Hills National Park was last mapped in the 1960s.

    Wildlife Board

    The new Islamabad Wildlife Management Board will be constituted in a month, Climate Change Secretary Nasir Jami told the committee.

    “Its recruitment rules will be ready within three months after the board comes into existence,” he said.

    The assurance came after MNA Ali Awan and the current IWMB Chairman Dr Anis Rehman told the committee chairthat constitution of the board has been pending for three years.

    Dr Rehman urged the committee to strengthen the board, which is mandated to protect the national park in Islamabad and its wildlife.

    He also drew the committee’s attention to several violations of environmental laws. He said national parks are threatened by institutional encroachment as much as they are by villagers nearby.

    “Hundreds of square kilometers have been cleared by institutions in Shakarparian, which is also a protected area. A parade ground, an even bigger area cleared for parking besides the 77, 000 cubic feet of earth removed from it, the Islamabad Club and the Sports Complex are also institutional encroachments,” he told committee members.

    He said the IWMB has been trying to preserve the national parks. The board has seen the return of the Khaleej pheasant and the common leopard in the Margalla Hills National Park.

    Published in Dawn, November 14th, 2019

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    Do you know lots of properties attached with Dubai-PCTL deal belong to Pak army sensitive installation. Get the guy who cut that deal.
    All prime properties of Murree either own by Army or British missionary schools.
     
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    The thing is, why army owns lands and businesses?

    Is their job to defend the country or run business enterprises, make cereals, sell cement, be a property tycoon or make movies?

    For the past fifteen years, the army was sleeping? Now it is not going to do something defence-related on that land, it is only going to conduct business. There are even shadi-halls and tourist resorts owned by the military.
     
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    Lol, sensitive installation. nothing more than prime real estate, taken by the Army just because they liked the land.
     
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    My friends are in police and they investigate crime. Higher ups (SP , SSP and above) regularly stop them from investigation if army linked is found somewhere...
     
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    Shadi hall business goes to Pakistan navy. Remember after attack on navel air base , a report published about security breaches. Where shadi halls own by navy next to PC3 Orion base.....unsecured.
     
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    Because Army needs lands for sensitive installations. That land area of Monal is an excellent vantage point to look over entire Islamabad and install some surveillance and radar equipment if required.

    And if our army did not own the business enterprises, you won't have an army by now because your thug mafia would have bankrupted them and they will be only as good as the rag tags of other nations. You have an army today that no one wants to mess with is because it had its own means to feed itself.

    Stop being a victim of the propaganda. Army is not perfect, but its keeping your country alive while the rest of the institutions are in shambles.
    Do you want your army to be like your police? I wonder who will be making a slave out of you if that was the case?
     
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    yes every thing belong to army
     
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    hmm...

    and if your bhadur ganrails partbered with same corrupt bastard and illegally grabbed land and protect the same aholes then is your ganrial still pious brave and patriotic?
     
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    Dawn as usual..Peddling Fake news.

    What is up with dawn lately ... Fake news , misleading news , half-truths ......
     
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    but i was not talking about monal specifically i am from karachi and most of karachi is cantt! the fk cantt has to do with sh e faisal?
     
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    Please stop this friend and cousin shit. Every tom dick and harry has some friend or a cousin who have sensitive information. If you have anything which you can prove and you are the first-hand witness then be my guest else stop spreading wrong information. It's a Hadees "Kisi k jhoote hone k liay ye baat he kafi hai k wo suni hoi baat agey pehlata hai."
     
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    Army is not going to do something defence-related on that land, it is only going to conduct business.

    Quaid should've made a DHA instead of Pakistan.
    :lol:

    That is not where the defence budget comes from.
    What's the point of making corn flakes and cement for "welfare" purposes?
    Who brought the thug mafia? Who nurtured Bhutto, Nawaz and now, Imran?

    The thugs included jernails as well along with bureaucrats, judiciary, politicians and landlords.
     
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    DHA-istan not land of pure but of concrete and roads!!

    tag line :" app keh khawab ka ghar nai poora mulk"

    wah!
     
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