KARACHI: An Anti-terrorism court on Saturday granted bail to city mayor Waseem Akhtar in a case over facilitating hate speech by Altaf Hussain against a surety bond of Rs 25000.

The court has re-issued non bailable arrest warrant against 22 accused including MQM founder Altaf Hussain, Farooq Sattar and, Haidir Abbas Razvi in the case. The court also extended interim bail of Rauf Saddiqi.

There were 39 cases filed against the mayor Waseem Akhtar in different cases including May 12 riots and facilitating hate speech. He has been granted bail in 38 cases and he needs bail in one more case, related to facilitating medical treatment of terrorists, to get out of jail.

Waseem Akhtar was arrested on July 19 on suspicion of sheltering and providing medical treatment to alleged militants and criminals. He also faces charges of inciting riots.

He was elected the Mayor of Karachi in August and has been running his office from jail. Akhtar has said repeatedly in the past that he should be granted bail in the interest of Karachi.