ISLAMABAD   -  In response to the letter of Punjab government, the Federal govt on Monday declared the designated official residence of the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif as the sub-jail till the conclusion of ongoing session of the Lower House of the Parliament.

Chief Commissioner Islamabad Amer Ali Ahmed through a notification declared as sub-jail the official residence of Opposition leader located in Islamabad’s Minister’s Enclave.

Earlier, the Punjab Home Department in its letter written to Federal Secretary Interior had requested to declare the Opposition leader’s designated residence as sub-jail to ensure his participation in the upcoming NA session.

The request was made after Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser had issued production orders for Shehbaz Sharif for is participation in the fresh session that started from Monday.

The Chief Commissioner through the notification said: “the premises of House No.26, Minister’s Enclave, Islamabad” is declared as sub-jail for Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, under trial prisoner in NAB case, from Monday 10.12.18 and till the conclusion of this Session (s) of National Assembly.” It says that the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police will provide the out guard to the sub-jail.

The Chief Commissioner in the notification also stated that this has been done in exercise of the powers vested in him under Section 541 of the Criminal Procedure Code 1860 read with Section 3 of the Prison Act, 1894 and all other powers enabling him in this behalf vide Ministry of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs notification issued on December 31, 1980.

On the other side, a meeting of the House Business Advisory Committee of National Assembly that met under chair of speaker NA decided that the ongoing session will continue till December 21. Shehbaz Sharif is facing trial on charges of corruption and misuse of authority in cases of Punjab government’s Saaf Pani Project and Ashiyana Housing Scheme.

He was recently shifted to Lahore central jail after an Accountability Court denied request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the anti-corruption watchdog, to extend his physical remand while in its custody.  He remained in the custody of NAB for almost two months on a physical remand.