Waseem Akhtar is a Pakistani politician of the Muttahida Quami Movement (P), who is currently Mayor of Karachi. Shortly after his nomination he was controversially arrested for what his supporters saw as political reasons.
Akhtar belongs to an Urdu-speaking Muslim Rajput family. He is the son of Akhter Muhammad Khan. He runs a real estate business. He is married and has six children.
After his early academic education he finished his degree program in Telecommunication Engineering. He joined the MQM party in 1988, four years after its founding. He is also facing charges as the main culprit in 12 May 2007 riots in which more than 50 citizens were killed.