KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Waseem Akhtar on Thursday said that he will not back off as he is an elected mayor of Karachi.

Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) conducted a hearing of May 12 incident in which Waseem Akhtar said that fake cases are being lodged against him. The court asked about the timing of the mishap on which he said at that time, he was advisor to CM and was in Governor House.

The May’s lawyer said that the confession statement in May 12 incident is baseless and that the police officers detained his client without court’s permission and named him in the case.

He also alleged that Rao Anwar filed 27 forged cases against Waseem Akhtar in one night while Khushbakht Shujat and Farooq Sattar were given security.

The court directed police to submit challan in the case and adjourned the hearing till October 18.

Talking to the media outside the court, Waseem Akhtar said that he was elected by the people of Karachi and he will not run but serve the nation.

Waseem Akhtar was sent to Central Jail in capacity of an accused in terror case against former petroleum minister, Dr Asim Hussain and May 12 tragedy case.

Akhtar’s plea for extension in interim bail was also rejected by an anti-terrorism court in the aforementioned cases.

He was nominated in the case that was registered under terror charges in November last year at North Nazimabad Police Station. Pak Sarzameen Party’s Anees Qaimkhani, Pakistan People’s Party’s Abdul Qadir Patel and MQM’s Rauf Siddique were among the four detainees.

He had also demanded the authorities to provide him with an office in the prison for the purpose.