KARACHI: Jailed Karachi Mayor and Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader (MQM) Waseem Akhtar took oath at Bagh-e-Quaid-e-Azam on Tuesday, local media reported.

Akhtar, who was escorted to Bagh-e-Quaid-e-Azam amid tight security, opened his speech with a slogan of "Long live Muttahida, long live Bhutto and long live Imran Khan."

"We have to set aside our differences," Akhtar said, addressing PPP's Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Zardari.

"After eight years, Karachi has a mayor, a deputy mayor, a chairman and a vice chairman. We will have to work together for the betterment of this city and this province."

"We know Karachi is plagued by a number of issues. These problems are our problems," Akhtar said, requesting all those elected to set aside their differences for the progress of the metropolis.

Akhtar’s statement comes just days after Dr Farooq Sattar announced MQM’s disassociation from Altaf Hussain and the London office following Altaf’s anti-Pakistan tirade which sparked violent protests in Karachi.