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May 12

May 12, 2007 cases: Karachi mayor’s absence angers ATC

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Saturday expressed displeasure over Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar for failing to appear before it in four cases pertaining to the May 12, 2007 mayhem, ARY News reported. As the ATC judge resumed hearing of the cases, more than 20 accused appeared in the court. When the judge asked about the whereabouts of the mayor, his counsel submitted an application requesting an exemption for his client from today's proceedings. He stated that his client couldn’t turn up owing to his ill health.…

ATC hears May 12, 2007 mayhem cases

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here on Saturday resumed hearing of four cases pertaining to the May 12, 2007 mayhem, ARY News reported. Mayor Waseem Akhtar and 20 other accused nominated in the cases appeared in the court. Police produced an absconding accused, Abdul Zahid, before the ATC judge who ordered provision of a copy of the charge-sheet to him for perusal. The judge ruled that he would indict the accused on the next hearing after an amendment to charges. It is pertinent to mention here that the mayor and…

Waseem Akhter, others indicted in two more cases related to May 12 carnage

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court on Saturday indicted Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhter and others in two cases pertaining to the May 12, 2007 carnage in Karachi, ARY News reported. According to details, Waseem Akhter, along with 21 other accused appeared before the court today and was indicted. Waseem Akther and all others pleaded 'not guilty' to the charges, which include clauses related to attempted murder, creating unrest and spreading terror. The court ordered the witnesses to be summoned in the case's next hearing.…

Court defers hearing of May 12 violence case

KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar reached an anti terrorism court on Saturday to attend hearing of the May 12 violence case, ARY News reported. Twenty other accused were also produced before the court during the hearing. However, one of the accused, Zulfikar didn't turn up and his lawyer informed the court that his client was admitted at a hospital due to cardiac problem. The court adjourned the hearing till December 12 due to absence of one of the nominated persons in the case. Mr. Akhtar and other accused could…

PPP, PTI change venue from Hakeem Saeed Ground for rallies on May 12

KARACHI: Following a bloody clash last night over holding a public gathering on the same date and at the same venue, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) both on Tuesday announced to change the venue from Hakeem Muhammad Saeed Ground "in the best interest of the residents of Karachi", ARY News reported. Political workers of the PPP and PTI came to blows after a dispute over venue for May 12 rallies which turned violent here in Karachi’s Hakeem Saeed ground on Monday night.  What…

Former MQM official Hammad makes shocking revelations regarding May 12, Baldia fire incidents

KARACHI: Former in-charge of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s Karachi Tanzeemi Committee Hammad Siddiqui has made some shocking revelations regarding incidents of May 12 and Baldia factory fire, ARY News reported. Sources said Hammad had provided some crucial evidences regarding both the tragic incidents and the disclosures were likely to put the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) in hot water, as some of the members of those parties are also suspected of involvement in the incidents.…

Police officer among five arrested over target killings

KARACHI: Counter-Terrorism Department of Sindh police on Thursday announced the arrest of an on-duty police officer on the charges of taking part in targeted killings across Karachi including the May 12, 2007, carnage, ARY News reported. According to SSP CTD Muneer Sheikh, the police constable who was posted in Additional IG Karachi's office was a trained target killer and belonged to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). "He was a target killer before joining the police and was recruited in force on the same basis by MQM. He…

‘Party leadership ordered to kill people in Karachi on May 12, 2007’

KARACHI: Two recently held suspects of a Karachi based political party have confessed to have killed scores of people on the roads of the city on May 12, 2007, on the orders of their party leadership, official sources told ARY News. Two days back, law enforcement agencies took Adnan Goshi and Wajid alias Wajih into their custody who made shocking revelations on Saturday that their party leadership had asked them to kill people in Karachi who came out to welcome then Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry. Must…

Huge arms cache unearthed in Karachi was bought to fight army: Ibad

KARACHI: The Governor of Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad has said that a huge cache of arms and ammunitions hidden in a water tank of a house in Azizabad neighbourhood of the city earlier this month was bought to fight the Pakistan army. Speaking to media representatives for a second time on Wednesday, the provincial governor revealed that the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) contained evidence the offensive weapons belonged to an organising committee of a political party in Karachi. Regarding the ongoing operation in the port city,…