Waseem Akhtar gets bail in two more cases

KARACHI: An Anti-terrorism court granted bail to Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar in two more cases against a surety bond of Rs100,000 each.

There were 39 cases filed against the mayor in different cases including May 12 riots and facilitating hate speech.

An ATC on Thursday granted bail to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan leader in four cases pertaining to May 12, 2007 tragedy.

As for now he has been granted bail in 38 cases, and he needs to get bail in one more case to get out of prison.

Waseem Akhtar was arrested on July 19 on suspicion of sheltering and providing medical treatment to alleged militants and criminals. He also faces charges of inciting riots.

He was elected the mayor of Karachi in August and has been running his office from jail.

Akhtar has said repeatedly in the past that he should be granted bail in the interest of Karachi.

“If you think I have done something wrong, I should be granted opportunity for bail. I have appealed to both Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief Justice Sindh High Court,” he told Geo News at ATC in September, where he appeared in connection with charges pertaining to the May 12 carnage.

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