Islamabad’s Gun and Country Club has ‘no legal standing

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Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar declared on Monday that the Gun and Country Club ‘illegal’ in Islamabad.
He said this while heading a bench hearing a case related to the club and the construction of a marriage hall on its premises.
“The land on which the club has been established belongs to Pakistan Sports Board and people who are members of the club took membership at their own risk,� the chief justice asserted.
“There is no legal approval for the construction of the club,� the chief justice remarked.
Justice Nisar further directed the sports board to “take over land� on which the club is established as well as the marriage hall constructed on the premises. An earlier notification regarding the club’s establishment was also nullified.
Further, the bench directed Survey of Pakistan to demarcate 145 acres of land on which the club is established within two weeks and also ordered the sports board to employ the gun club’s employees.
The chief justice also referred to the matter regarding returning the membership fee to the relevant ministry.