The highest court of Pakistan on Wednesday has instructed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to remove all the barricades placed in front of the two five-star hotels and directed to open the roads for the public.
The direction was issued by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice—Mian Saqib Nisar. The bench was hearing a petition filed by the Hashwani Hotel Limited against the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
The court has ordered and called the management of the Serena Hotel for Wednesday’s hearing.
The court regarding the barricades positioned along the Khayaban-e-Suhrawardy outside the hotel said that no blockage would be tolerated on a single inch of road.
Additionally, the bench asked that why the hotel on Agha Khan Road should be provided with an exemption since they also had set up barriers outside the hotel.
Also, the Supreme Court gave instructions to the Capital Development Authority to remove all the intrusions placed in front of the two hotels before evening and to provide a compliance report on Thursday.
A representative of Serene Hotel on this asked CDA officials to indicate the barriers on the roads outside the hotels and they would be reviewing the security measures.
The chief justice interjected and inquired that how would the hotel be reviewing the situation.
He also stiffened and instructed the CDA to remove all the barriers by 2 pm and said the barricades made it impossible to travel in front of the respective hotels.
The CJP instructed the Islamabad Police to set up temporary checkpoints on roads leading to the hotels but to make sure that the flow of traffic is not disrupted.
Justice Nisar said that the Marriot Hotel has also built structures even on positions which were supposed to be left open.
He also asked the reason why the blockages were installed in front of Serena Hotel.
Moreover, Mian Nisar Saqib also observed that roads from Zero Point to Aabpara had been shut down as some notables reside there and as per their wish they open or close the road.
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