KARACHI: The police have claimed that what happened on May 12, 2007 happened on the orders of MQM leader Waseem Akhtar, and that Waseem Akhtar has ‘confessed’ to his involvement.
According to the police, Waseem Akhtar had ordered the firing at people who had converged to accord a warm welcome to the-then chief justice. Another accused has also been arrested during a raid on the pointation of Waseem Akhtar.
Meanwhile, the under-detention Muttahida Qaumi Movement mayor elect, Waseem Akhtar, was on Tuesday sent to the central prison on judicial remand by an administrative judge of the anti-terrorism court (ATC), on expiry of his four-day physical remand.
The court ordered for charge-sheets against Akhtar to be presented in court after 14 days, when the next hearing would be held.
Akhtar was booked in two cases pertaining to charges of facilitating the provocative speeches of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, providing shelter and medical treatment to criminals at the hospitals of detained former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain, and in around seven cases related to the May 12, 2007 carnage. Two other MPs of the MQM have also been nominated in the case.
He was handed over to officials of the Malir police station on a four-day physical remand on expiry of which he was presented before the administrative judge.
Earlier, an attorney for Akthar had informed the court that charges of facilitation of the MQM chief’s speech were levelled in regard to a meeting of the party’s women’s wing, which was not attended by the accused.