Monal restaurant sealed off for illegal construction, tree cutting
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency and Chief Commissioner Office Islamabad on Tuesday sealed off the popular Monal Restaurant located in Marghalla Hills for illegal tree cutting for its construction activities. The Climate Change Ministry Media focal person Muhammad Saleem, told media persons that it was brought to the notice of the Prime Minister’s Advisor for Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam that illegal construction activities for expansion of the Monal restaurant were gonging on for a few days and initiated by management of the restaurant, which led to a significant loss of tree cover and land degradation in its vicinity. “Taking serious notice of the illegal construction activities and tree cutting, Malik Amin Aslam on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency Islamabad (Pak-EPA Islamabad) to take legal action against the culprits,” he added. Later, Pak-EPA Islamabad and the Chief Commissioner Islamabad office moved together and sealed off the Monal restaurant and lodged FIR against the culprits at the Islamabad Secretariat Police Station, Muhammad Saleem added. He noted that some pictures of tree cutting and land leveling appeared in social media widely. The same was shared with the Chief Commissioner, ICT by the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) and Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) to take immediate action. Resultantly, the district administration conducted the raid on 18 May evening and it was observed that images of destruction activities appeared in social media were authentic and genuine in nature. During the raid, two persons namely Muhammad Sagheer and Muhammad Naeem were arrested on the spot and FIR NO 224/20 has also been lodged in Police Station Kohsar, F/7, Islamabad, the media focal person said. He further mentioned that simultaneously, a case was fixed in the larger Bench of the Supreme Court regarding the stone crusher and protection of the MHNP, the instant matter has also been discussed by the court and order has been issued including immediate stoppage of the all construction activities in the MHNP extended in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including all types of hotels, rental residential construction. – APP