Pakistan's Punjab Govt Seeks Shehbaz Sharif's Islamabad Residence to Be Declared as Sub-jail
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif. (Photo Credits: ANI)

Lahore, December 9: Pakistan's Punjab province government has written to the centre, seeking Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Shehbaz Sharif's Islamabad residence to be declared as sub-jail.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested Shehbaz, the younger brother of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, on October 5 in the Rs 1400 crore Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing project scam.

Shehbaz, a former chief minister of Punjab, is accused of allegedly cancelling the contract of a successful bidder in the scheme and awarding the same to his favourite firm. He was also made an accuse in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case. PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif Arrested by NAB in Another Graft Case.

The 67-year-old younger Sharif has served his third term as the Chief Minister of Punjab from June 2013 to May 2018. Citing sources, the Express News reported that the Punjab government reached out to the interior secretary and district authorities, asking Shehbaz's house to be declared as sub-jail for the duration of National Assembly session beginning December 10.

The moves comes after an accountability court in Lahore shifted Shehbaz, who is also leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, to the Kot Lakhpat jail on judicial remand. Since his arrest, the Opposition leader has had his remand extended multiple times. He has also attended National Assembly sessions with Ministers Enclave being declared as sub-jail.