An anti-terrorism court docket in Karachi has indicted town’s mayor, Waseem Akhtar, and different leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Motion in additional circumstances pertaining to the Might 12 carnage.
Throughout a listening to on Saturday, counsels of the accused individuals requested the court docket to withhold the indictment, stating they’d submitted a request to switch the circumstances to a different court docket over an absence of belief and had been ready on a verdict.
Nonetheless, the ATC rejected the objection and dismissed the request.
Akhtar and different leaders of the MQM had been indicted earlier in circumstances pertaining to the identical day – when greater than 30 folks had been killed and greater than 100 had been injured in assaults on rallies by political events and legal professionals who wished to obtain the then overthrown chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry, on the Karachi airport.
Chaudhry had come to Karachi forward of a legal professionals’ gathering on Might 12, 2007, however was despatched again from the airport because of the unrest.
Among the many indicted MQM leaders and staff, Akhar and 19 others had been on bail whereas Umair Siddiqui was arrested in 2015 following which he confessed earlier than a joint investigation group, to greater than 100 goal killings.