ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court declared on Monday that the Gun and Country Club in the federal capital is illegal.
“The club has no legal standing,” Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said 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 Gun and Country Club is established as well as the marriage hall constructed on the premises.
A Musharraf-era notification regarding the club's establishment was also nullified by the court.
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 the matter regarding returning membership fee to the relevant ministry.
"We will establish a polyclinic on this land," Justice Nisar remarked.