Hours after an anti-terrorism court remanded Pervez Musharraf in judicial custody till May 4,authorities Saturday declared his sprawling farmhouse a sub-jail so that the former military ruler could be detained there.
The administration of Islamabad issued a formal notification declaring Musharrafs farmhouse in the suburb of Chak Shahzad a sub-jail Saturday afternoon.
An assistant jail superintendent and some policemen will be posted at the residence so that they can keep an eye on Musharraf and monitor his visitors,sources said.
Musharraf,69,will not be allowed out of the five-acre palatial farmhouse with high walls and guard towers. Visitors will be allowed to see Musharraf at specified times and only after they have been vetted by prison officials,the sources said.
While being held at the farmhouse,Musharraf will be allowed to retain the bodyguards provided to him by the army,sources said.
Musharraf Friday became the first ex-Pakistan Army chief to be arrested and presented before a judge. The arrest came a day after Musharraf fled from the Islamabad High Court when a judge revoked his bail and directed police to detain him for a case related to the sacking of judges during the 2007 emergency.
After being sent on transit remand by a judicial magistrate Friday,Musharraf spent the night at the officers mess in the Islamabad Police headquarters. Under Pakistani rules,a person on transit remand must be held at a police station.
As officials were concerned about Musharrafs security,the police headquarters was declared a temporary police station.
On Saturday morning,Musharraf was produced in an anti-terrorism court,which remanded him in judicial custody for a fortnight. Police were directed by Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi to present Musharraf again on May 4.
Musharrafs case was taken up by an anti-terrorism court as the Islamabad High Court had directed police to charge him under the Anti-Terrorism Act for detaining over 60 judges during the 2007 emergency.