KARACHI: Newly-elected Mayor of Karachi Waseem Akhtar today requested federation and Sindh government to grant him bail, so that he can launch development projects in the metropolis.

Talking to media outside anti-terrorism court (ATC), Waseem Akhtar alleged that 20 fake cases were registered against him in one day.

He said anti-Pakistan statements are unaccepted as they fall in the ambit of treason and fraud. The mayor expressed satisfaction over the leadership of Farooq Sattar and also lauded work of Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah.

He also demanded the authorities to take notice of forged cases against him and release him on bail to serve the city indiscriminately.

“If you think I have done something wrong, I should be granted opportunity for bail. I have appealed to both Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief Justice Sindh High Court.”

Waseem Akhtar said it was possible that he made mistakes in the past, but it was now time to move forward.  He added that he would also say this to DG Rangers who is his elder. 

He also spoke about the arrest and release of MQM Pakistan leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan. According to Akhtar no one had the right to make fake cases, adding that 20 such cases had also been lodged against him in one day after he was elected.

Earlier, Sindh Home Department issued a notification for constitution of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to interrogate MQM’s jailed Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar.

Waseem Akhtar was sent to Central Jail in capacity of an accused in terror case against former petroleum minister, Dr Asim Hussain and May 12 tragedy case.

Akhtar’s plea for extension in interim bail was also rejected by an anti-terrorism court in the aforementioned cases.

He was nominated in the case that was registered under terror charges in November last year at North Nazimabad Police Station. Pak Sarzameen Party’s Anees Qaimkhani, Pakistan People’s Party’s Abdul Qadir Patel and MQM’s Rauf Siddique were among the four detainees.

He had also demanded the authorities to provide him with an office in the prison for the purpose.