IHC orders demolition of ‘illegal’ navy sailing club in three weeks


This archive photo shows the High Court in Islamabad. – Website / IHC File
  • IHC orders criminal proceedings against the former naval chief.
  • “The sailing club is illegal,” said IHC CJ Athar Minallah.
  • He said the CDA did not have the authority to issue a notice of compliance to the Pakistani Navy.

ISLAMABAD: The High Court of Islamabad (IHC) on Friday ordered the demolition of the “illegal” navy sailing club established on the shore of Lake Rawal within three weeks and ordered an action against a former chief of the Marine.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah announced the verdict, which was reserved on Thursday.

In a brief judgment delivered today, CJ IHC stated that the Pakistani military has an important status which is mentioned in the constitution.

The Supreme Judge ruled that the navy did not have the power to undertake a real estate business and that the name of the institution could not be used for such activities.

The IHC said the Capital Development Authority (CDA) was not empowered to issue a certificate of no objection (NOC) to the Pakistani Navy because the institution had encroached on national park lands.

“The sailing club is illegal, and therefore it should be demolished in three weeks,” said the IHC judge.

The club’s inauguration by former naval chief Admiral (ret’d) Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was also declared unconstitutional by the court.

The court ordered “criminal” and “malpractice” charges against the former naval chief and others responsible for building the “illegal” sailing club.


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