KARACHI: A local court here on Wednesday extended bail of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and nominated mayor Waseem Akhtar in two cases and allowed the plea of Haidar Abbas Rizvi for exemption from appearing in court.

MQM leaders were presented before the magistrate, who granted extension in bail to Waseem Akhtar in the case pertaining to violation of Loud Speaker Act and exempted  Haidar Abbas Rizvi from appearance.

The court had earlier issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Farooq Sattar, Haidar Abbas Rizvi, Waseem Akhtar and others.

It may be mentioned that Waseem Akhtar has been named in 27 cases for assisting MQM chief Altaf Hussain and Dr Asim Hussain, PPP leader while three cases have been filed against Haidar Abbas Rizvi.

The MQM leaders and 200 unknown party workers were named in 23 FIRs in which the complainants alleged that the accused had attended a public gathering and facilitated the MQM chief in his speech against the security agencies on July 12 this year.

Altaf Hussain had accused the Rangers of torturing and killing his party workers in the ongoing targeted operation against criminals in the city.