Karachi Mayor indicted in May 12 violence case

Karachi Mayor indicted in May 12 violence case

Karachi (Staff Report/Agencies): An anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar in the May 12 violence case.

The leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) was present in the when he was indicted along with other suspects in the case that relates to the brutal violence in the port city, some 11 years ago.

There are multiple cases regarding the Karachi violence but the accused could not be indicted in all of them, owing to the absence of legal counsels.

However, the court indicted them in one case and summoned witnesses to record their statements at the next hearing on June 23.

The May 12 carnage was one of the deadliest incidents of violence in the megapolis.

Around 50 people were killed and hundreds were left injured as clashes broke out in the city between rival political groups.

The former top judge had remained confined to the lounge of the airport throughout the day; he returned to Islamabad without addressing a lawyers’ convention.

Akhtar was elected mayor of Karachi in August 2016 while he was in jail on judicial remand in various cases.