On Wednesday, the mega entertainment zone and bowling club (Mega Zone) located in Islamabad’s F-9 park was sealed by The Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI). It is believed that Adnan Qaiser, brother and friend of former National Assembly speaker, Asad Qaiser, runs this facility. However, he has denied it.
It was a famous point of interest for many people in the park, taking up around three acres and containing shops, restaurants, a gaming zone, play area, bowling club and pool.
However, after vacation of a stay order by Mohammad Adnan, the additional district and sessions judge, Mega Zone was sealed by the MCI’s team, supported by the police and headed by Director Shakil Arshad, Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA).
The facility had originally been auctioned to Liaquat and Co for a period of two years in 2019. But the municipal administration directorate has reported that it was occupied by Fazal Mehmood and Co, and Adnan Qaiser.
Mr Qaiser, however, claims he has no direct role in this takeover and that there was no illegitimate possession of Mega Zone but that it was Mr Fazal paid Mr Liaquat for his role in the auction. He explained that he was only a manager while Mr Fazal took over the facility with the knowledge and permission of Mr Liaquat who had abandoned from his original front.
According to the DMA record, Liaquat and Co had the facility only for a period of two years which ended last August. Claiming that he had taken over the facility with Mr Fazal and Mr Qaiser, he had not paid the due’s for his second and third year with Rs140 million were outstanding.
Furthermore, the DMA registered an FIR with the Margalla police station against Adnan Qaiser and Fazal for illegal possession.
These two men also filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) lat week, retorting against the threat of eviction from the facility which the DMA asserts has been illegally possessed for two years.
In the petition, they explained that after the government of Imran Khan was removed, Mr Liaquat complained to the DMA which registered an FIR against them. It said that their submissions were not heard by the SHO or the directorate of the police station despite the fact that the IHC had requested to hear their explanations on June 3. They requested for the DMA letter to be set aside.
Once the court stay was vacated, Mega Zone was sealed according to the DMA director who said it is to be auctioned again. In terms of the dues, these will be paid.
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