KARACHI - City Mayor Wasim Akhtar has been indicted in another case relating to bloody events of May 12, 2007. The mayor and others were allegedly involved in the May 12, 2007 bloodshed, said the charge-sheet presented by the police to the trial court.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) was hearing four cases pertaining to May12, 2007 carnage. Wasim Akhtar and other leaders of his party appeared before the court. The court charged the mayor and others in a case registered with the Airport Police Station. However, the accused pleaded innocent and opted to contest the charges.

The court adjourned the hearing with directions to the authorities to produce the prosecution witnesses at the next hearing on October 27.  Wasim Akhtar, other leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and scores of their party workers have been linked to the violence events, which took place in the port city about 11 years ago.

The ATC has already declared nine suspects proclaimed absconders in the same case due to their absence from the court. The investigation officer submitted a report regarding non-arrest of the absconders and stated that several raids were conducted to arrest them, but nobody could be arrested.

Earlier, the trial court had indicted Wasim Akhtar and others in another case involving the May 12 carnage. The mayor is also facing the same charges in two other identical cases. There are multiple cases involving the Karachi violence, but the accused were not indicted in all of them owing to absence of legal counsels.