ISLAMABAD, August 10 (Online): Islamabad High Court (IHC) has remarked no one is above law here and action be taken even if court violates law.
Case on growing encroachments in Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) came up for hearing before single bench of IHC presided over by Chief Justice (CJ) Athar Minallah Tuesday.
Rana Saeed Khan, chairman Wild Life Management Board (WLMB), Danial Hassan, counsel for WLMB and Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Syed Tayyab Shah appeared in the court.
The court ordered to take action against the encroachment in Margalla Hills national park.
The court remarked during the hearing of the case “there are media reports that Navy and Air Force have raised encroachments in National Park.
The court inquired from Wild life management that what action has been taken by Wild life management board against them.
The court while expressing displeasure remarked what are its consequences if any one erects encroachments in national park. Why did you not serve notice to Navy and Air Force over encroachments in Margalla Hills National park.
The court remarked “ no one is above law here. Action be taken as per law if this court breaches the law.
Wild life management chairperson replied to the court “we did not take action as we have no powers.
The court remarked If I violate law then action should be taken against me too. What are your powers. What can you do. Why you don’t know it.
The counsel Danial Hassan told the court imprisonment can be awarded and penalty can be imposed under wild life act 1979. The board is empowered to make arrest under section 29.
The court remarked that a so much effective law is there in respect of wild life. You have to make amendments therein. Wild life management board should take proper action in this regard. What powers have been entrusted to wild life management board, take action as per these powers. No one is above law. This also has been reported that federal government has taken action. Chairperson sahiba you have powers. Take action if some one is violating laws.
The hearing of the case was adjourned till August 27.