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Inciting speech: ATC approves Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar’s bail

KARACHI (Parliament Times) – An anti-terrorism court in Karachi has approved Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar’s bail in a case pertaining to provocative speech.

The court has directed him to submit surety bond worth Rs100,000.

The interned mayor facing trial in 39 cases in the ATCs has so far obtained bail in 37 cases.

Waseem Akhtar was arrested in July Akhtar arrested in July and accused of ordering a crackdown on city riotson May 12, 2007, when he was serving as provincial home minister, that resulted in a bloody massacre.

He is also facing charges of sedition, sheltering and providing medical treatment to alleged militants and criminals.

Waseem Akhtar, a former minister and parliamentarian of the influential Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), won the mayoral poll in August this year by a landslide with 196 of the total 294 votes cast by the city’s municipal authorities.

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