Recently, Islamabadis got a major scare when rumors of Monal, the restaurant in Islamabad, shutting down hit social media. A CDA official had talked to a national assembly committee and explained how they were unaware that the restaurant was built on military property. They also stated that the restaurant will be vacated and the land will be given back to the army.
Trouble for Monal as Pakistan Army Claims Rights on 5500 Acres of Land https://t.co/ONWOfSePOF
— Hassan Khan (@hassan_k82) November 15, 2019
Islamabadis were heartbroken after hearing the news
There were a lot of outraged reactions to the news. People were pissed that one of their favorite eateries was shutting down suddenly. Some were cynical about the fact that a restaurant was built on the National Wildlife Park and no one had objected until almost 15 years later. They did not want Monal to be shut down and they took to social media to express their grievances.
Everything in this country is for the army, the bloody civilians are only here for paying taxes, why the army needs land in Islamabad???? old GHQ is just 10 KM away from Islamabad, construction of new GHQ in Islamabad is a total waste of resources.#monalrestaurant #Monal
— kam Maj (@kamranMajeed1) November 16, 2019
Govt should intervene to stop it happening. This major tourist destination should be kept in ownership of CDA but not of any other non-civilian institute. https://t.co/FGYb9eMBif
— Amir Ali Abbasi, PhD (@abbasiam77) November 16, 2019
Monal is heart of Islamabad.
It it gets shut it will be tragedy with Islamabadisns
— Raja Dodani (@EngrSrd) November 15, 2019
However, it seems like the news was incorrect.
Islamabadis, fret not! The Monal management took to Facebook and other social media to respond to the rumors. They said that all this shutting down talk was unwarranted and that the restaurant’s operations will continue to take place smoothly.
#Monal Restaurant #Islamabad isn’t going to be relocated or closed. The rumours targeting #PakistanArmy have been denied by the official #facebook page of #MonalRestaurant.#PakArmy #DGISPR #ISPR pic.twitter.com/Fhx8NeGAXO
— Najma Yasmeen ❤ PTI (@najma_yasmeen) November 16, 2019
So, the final word is: Monal isn’t shutting down after all! Islamabadis, are you relieved? Let us know in the comments.
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