Is The Sun Setting On Monal Restaurant?

Monal Restaurant
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Whether you’re a resident of or a visitor in Islamabad, Monal Restaurant has been one of the biggest attractions that the capital has had to offer. It’s one of the key elements of the city’s starter pack and has been for a long time.

In a mood for some lavish cuisine? Where do you go? Monal.

The weather’s lovely? Where do you head to enjoy it? Monal.

Need some refreshment after an exhausting hike? What’s your first stop? Of course, Monal!

The eatery which sits atop the Margalla Hills provides a wonderful aerial view of the whole city and never fails to mesmerize its visitors with its ethereal beauty.

However, all this might soon change as the restaurant is on the brink of being closed down. 

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This major development arises from the military’s claim that the land, on which the restaurant is built, belongs to Pakistan Army. Dr Shahid Mehmood, a representative of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change on Wednesday that CDA did not know that the restaurant had been built on military property until it was claimed. The CDA officials have announced that the land is currently being vacated and will be given to the Army.

Of course the people of Islamabad are not happy about this development. The fact that a place which is associated with so many of their memorable moments, might wrap-up is not an easy pill to swallow.

Some are questioning the Army for taking so long to realize that it was their land on which the restaurant had been built. Why didn’t they stop it at the point of construction?

Monal is built inside the National Wildlife Park which is protected by the law to conserve its wildlife. So how was such a large scale restaurant allowed to carry out its operations for almost two decades in the preserved territory?

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Nothing is a hundred percent certain for now but it’s highly likely that Monal Restaurant will soon see the sun setting on it and we will need to find another place to get our weekly dose of Cheese Naans. No more “Raja Ji Monal Chalso” for us.

Stay tuned for further developments.


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