Waseem Akhter bailed out in Dr Asim’s case

KARACHI: An Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday granted an interim bail to Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) leader and nominated mayor of Karachi Waeem Akhter in Dr Asim’s terrorists treatment case.

Waseem Akhter, who also served as advisor to home minister, is accused of asking Dr Asim to provide medical facilities to the militants, who got injured in clashes with law enforcers or party rivals, in Ziauddin hospital.

Akhter through his counsel Khawaja Naveed approached the ATC to avoid the arrest by obtaining the bail. The judge asked him to submit Rs1 million as surety amount on which Akhter replied that he would not pay such a big amount. The judge said that he should to go to jail instead. All of a sudden, Akhter’s counsel intervened stating that his client is also facing other cases and has to secure bail in them too.

The arguments reached to an interesting point when Khwaja Naveed stated that his client is mayor-to-be and has to do a lot of work pertaining to solving the sewage problems of this city. The judge, with a little humor in her voice, said that the suspect should first clean the city; the court will then consider diminishing the bail amount.

Ultimately, MQM leader was awarded an interim bail against a surety bonds of Rs 0.5 million. His party fellow, former minister Rauf Siddiqui, is also on bail in the same case.

Meanwhile, the Investigation Officer DSP Altaf Hussain informed the court that other absconder Anees Kaimkhani is untraceable as he left the country on 8th November 2013 while no record regarding another leader of the party, Saleem Shahzad, could be found. “Qadir Patel of PPP went abroad on 15th March 2015 and we are in touch with FIA in this matter” IO’s report stated.

While accepting IO’s report, the court re-issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) for MQMs-Shehzad and Qaimkhani and PPPs Qadir Patel and directed the IO to produce them on 30th January.