Pakistan

Waseem Akhtar instructed to continue mayoral duties in prison

KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorist Court on Wednesday instructed Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar to continue his mayoral duties from inside prison, ARY News reported.

The court also could not announce its verdict on the bail application of Akhtar, who is currently imprisoned over several cases including May 12, 2007 carnage in Karachi.

Akhtar pleaded the court to accept his bail application, and said that he is the mayor of Karachi and is unable to continue his duties by implicated in bogus cases.

“I want to serve the people of Karachi but I have been arrested for last three months,” he added.

The presiding judge said that they were well-aware that he was the mayor of Karachi, and instructed him to continue his duties from prison.

The court expressed displeasure when the investigate officer requested ten days for the interim challan of Akhtar.

Akhtar also lashed out at police officers who were responsible for delaying his case, and said that they were would receive twenty days but he should be given bail.

While departing, he spoke informally to  journalists outside the premises of the court, and said that everything in Pakistan happens very suddenly.

He said that Mutahida Quami Movement Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar was his friend and colleague, and was in frequent contact with him.

When asked who his leader was, Akhtar replied that his one and only leader was Quaid-e-Azam.

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