IHC orders demolition of Navy Sailing Club within 3 weeks

IHC orders demolition of Navy Sailing Club within 3 weeks

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday ordered the demolition of the 'illegal' Navy Sailing Club established at the bank of Rawal Lake within three weeks.

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

In a short judgment, the IHC CJ said Pakistan’s military has an important status that is mentioned in the constitution.

Justice Minallah ruled that the navy does not have the authority to undertake a real estate venture and the name of the institution could not be used for such activities.

The court said that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) was not empowered to issue a no-objection certificate (NOC) to the Pakistan Navy, as the institution had encroached on National Park's land.

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

The court also declared the inauguration of the club by the former naval chief, Admiral (retd) Zafar Mahmood Abbasi as unconstitutional.

The IHC ordered to initiate “criminal” and “misconduct” proceedings against the former navy chief and others responsible for the construction of the “illegal” sailing club.