KARACHI – An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has approved bail plea of Mayor of Karachi, Waseem Akhtar, in four cases pertaining to May 12, 2007, carnage.

On Thursday, the court also ordered local authorities for the release of newly elected mayor. However, MQM leader has to stay in prison due to other cases.

Waseem Akhtar was arrested on July 19 on suspicion of sheltering and providing medical treatment to alleged militants and criminals. “He also faces charges of inciting riots”, reported Geo TV.

He was elected the mayor of Karachi in August and has been running his office from jail.