KARACHI/Lahore - Mayor-designated Waseem Akhtar has confessed that he had ordered firing on the people coming to welcome the then deposed chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry at the Karachi airport on May 12, 2007, police said Tuesday.

More than 45 people were killed and dozens others wounded in the violence on that day when supporters of Chaudhry – mostly political activists of Pakistan Peoples Party and Awami National Party – were attacked by armed activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement.

Police, in the remand papers submitted before an Anti Terrorism Court (ATC), stated that whatever happened in Karachi on May 12 was carried out on the directives of Waseem Akhtar.

It said the MQM leader, who was Sindh home minister at that time, has admitted that he had ordered police de-weaponization, blocking of the roads and shooting on people gathered to receive Iftikhar Chaudhry outside Karachi airport.

According to police remand, Waseem has also confessed to the involvement of MQM chief Altaf Hussain, Kamran Farooqui and Muhammad Adnan who are also nominated in the case.

According to a TV channel report, Rangers had laid a siege around the residence of MQM leader Farooq Sattar to arrest Kamran Farooqi.

Police said that accused Aslam alias Kala was arrested on the information provided by Waseem Akhtar, it added. Waseem is nominated in seven different cases.

He was presented in the Anti Terrorism Court regarding four cases. The court sent him to jail on judicial remand for 14 days in connection with two cases registered against him in Malir Police and Sachal Police.

The court also issued notices on the petition filed by Waseem Akhtar seeking quashing cases against him and allowing him B class in jail. The court also issued order to prosecutor and respective police to present challan before it on next hearing.

On police request for remand of Waseem in the case of holding protest rally outside the Chief Minister House, the court said that whatever investigation has to be done from the accused that should be carried out in jail.