Bail granted: Mayor Karachi likely to walk free today

KARACHI: Imprisoned Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar has been released on Wednesday after an anti-terrorism court granted him bail in the last of the 39 cases against him.

The last case pertains to the mayor’s alleged involvement in the treatment of terrorists at the former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain’s hospital.

He was arrested on July 19 at a court where he attending a hearing.

Talking to the media before the hearing, he said I am thinking to pen down the time spent behind bars in a book.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan has also announced plans for a rousing welcome on his release. Akhtar would first be taken to the Mazar-e-Quaid where he will lay a floral wreath and then to the MQM-P’s temporary office in PIB Colony.

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation spokesperson told The News that deputy mayor Dr Arshad Abdullah Vohra will receive Akhtar.