An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday indicted Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar and others in a case pertaining to the May 12, 2007 riots, 11 years after the incident.
Around 50 people were killed and over 100 wounded in attacks on rallies by different political parties and the legal fraternity who had attempted to receive the then deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry at the Karachi airport ahead of a lawyers’ gathering.
Chaudhry was forced to fly back to Islamabad after nine hours of being restricted to the airport.
Akhtar was the provincial home adviser to the chief minister at the time.
All those charged, including Akhtar, appeared before the court today and pleaded not guilty.
The court directed the prosecution to produce its witnesses in the next hearing.
The Karachi mayor and at least 18 others are out on bail, while 16 others are absconding. Only one of those charged today is in jail.
Akhtar, while speaking to reporters after the hearing, complained that 40 cases had been lodged against him after his nomination as a mayor, with as many as 20 first information reports filed against him in one day.
The hearing of the case will resume on June 23.