The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered officials to reopen the Monal eatery, which had been closed on the orders of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in January.
Justice Mazahir Naqvi delayed the unsigned orders given by the high court to close the famous cafe while hearing a case about its closure.
The judge inquired, “What is this monarchy?” “How can directives be carried out before the paperwork are signed?”
The restaurant’s lawyer, Makhdoom Ali Khan, stated during the last hearing that the business was closed before the court gave formal directives. The civil court case between the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Monal, he claimed, was still ongoing.
According to the lawyer, the top court made its decision without taking any evidence into consideration. He went on to say, “Monal was not even a party in the complaint.”
Orders of the IHC
On January 11, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah ordered the government of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to close the Monal Restaurant.
Commercial operations on the area of the Islamabad Hills National Park, he decided, must be prohibited at all costs.
“The land should be returned to the park once more,” the court had declared.