Karachi mayor indicted in May 12 violence case

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday indicted Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar, Umair Siddiqui and 17 others in a case pertaining to the violence that erupted in the city on May 12, 2007 and claimed more than 50 lives.As the judge of ATC-II read out the charges and inquired about the agreement of the accused, they all denied the charges and pleaded not guilty. On this, the court directed the prosecution to produce the witnesses to record their statements against the 19 accused at a hearing on June 23.Earlier, the court examined four similar cases of the murders and violence that took place on May 12, 2007. The mayor, a leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, and most of the other co-accused are out on bail in these cases. However, Umair Siddiqui is under detention and he was produced by the prison authorities at Tuesday’s hearing for the framing of charges. Sixteen absconders have already been declared proclaimed offenders in the case.Later, in an informal conversation with…

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