KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) nominated Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar said earlier today that the party did not stage hunger strike for him.

Talking to media before the hearing of Dr. Asim Hussain case, Waseem Akhtar vowed that he would resolve Karachi’s issues after becoming the Mayor.

“Time will decide whether I will resolve Karachi’s issues from inside jail or outside,” he added.

He said that Sindh Chief Minister (CM) is also keen to stand with the people in every difficult situation.

He also suggested inquiring about MQM’s hunger strike from the ‘Rabitta Committee’ instead of him. He also expressed satisfaction over the judiciary and hoped for the best.

Waseem Akhtar said that only relatives and lawyers have come to meet him while no one from the government has come to listen to his stance so far.

Moreover, the MQM leader said that he would apply for bail after lawyers’ consultation.

Earlier, an anti-terrorism court had sent Waseem Akhtar to jail on physical remand in the terror facilitation case. The court had also issued a notice on two separate bail applications, shifting the matter to ATC-I.      

Waseem Akhtar was arrested along with MQM’s Rauf Siddiqui, Pak Sarzameen Party’s Anis Qaimkhani and PPP’s Abdul Qadir Patel on July 19 after the ATC rejected their pre-arrest bail applications.

The accused are facing charges of allegedly asking Dr Asim Hussian, a former petroleum minister and ex-president Asif Zardari’s close aide, to provide treatment and shelter to alleged terrorists and gangsters at the North Nazimabad and Clifton branches Ziauddin Hospital.