Monal workers protest against closure

Monal workers protest against closure

Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Monal restaurant administration and workers on Thursday staged a protest demonstration against the Capital Development Authority (CDA) after the restaurant was sealed on court orders.
On Tuesday, Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the city administration to seal the Monal Restaurant at the Margalla Hills National Park area. The order came during a hearing presided over by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah of a case related to the encroachments on the Margalla Hills National Park. Assistant Commissioner city Moosa Tahir implemented the court’s orders and sealed the restaurant on the same day.
The news raised alarm among netizens since the Monal Restaurant is a popular tourist attraction owing to its location and beautiful views. Similarly, the employees of Monal also protested against the decision since they will be losing their jobs when the restaurant shuts down for good. According to reports, more than 500 employees work at Monal.
The employees heavily criticized the government. They expressed disappointment at the government and said the government promised more employment opportunities. However, the government did not fulfil its promise of ending unemployment. Employees of Monal also urged the authorities to take back its decision so that they can continue working. If Monal closes down, then the people who relied on the restaurant will have no other means of income.
The Islamabad traffic police diverted traffic from Express Chowk and Nadra Chowk to alternative routes during the protest and sit-in. Citizens were advised to use Nadra Chowk and Ayyub Chowk instead. Traffic from Daman-e-Koh Chowk which leads to Seventh Avenue and Margalla was also diverted.