Waseem Akhtar Made History elected as Mayor of Karachi from Prison

Waseem Akhtar leader Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) made history when he elected as mayor of Karachi from prison on August 24, 2016.

According to unofficial results, a total of 295 votes were casted in the house of 308 Karachi Metropolitan Corporation. Waseem Akhtar and Arshad Vohra secured over 190 votes.A political party requires 155 votes to get its candidate elected for the mayor office.

Earlier, Waseem Akhtar, who was arrested last month on suspicion of aiding alleged militants, arrived in an armoured police vehicle at the British-era Karachi Metropolitan Corporation building to cast his vote in the final round of elections that has his party in an unassailable lead.

The imprisoned politician will run the teeming metropolis via “video link” from his prison cell, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

“He will open an office in jail and via video link he will conduct council sessions,” Mahfooz Yar Khan, Akhtar’s lawyer, told reporters outside the council building as his client voted inside. “He can run Karachi via video link for five years.”

Akhtar was arrested on July 19 on suspicion of sheltering and providing medical treatment to alleged militants and criminals. He also faces earlier charges of inciting riots.

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