Waseem Akhter to take oath today

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Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Waseem Akhtar has taken oath as mayor of Karachi at a ceremony in city's Polo Ground.

Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Commissioner Samiuddin Siddiqui administered oath to the mayor and deputy mayor.

Whereas, two citizens have also filed petition against Akhtar.

"Jiye (long live) Muttahida, Jiye Bhutto, Jiye Imran Khan". Akhtar chanted a new slogan.

Waseem Akhtar called upon all political parties to come forward to work for the progress of the city.

Korangi, Moeed Anwer and Rauf Khan of DMC East, Malik Fayyaz and Sheikh Mansoor of DMC South and Asif Khan and Azizullah Afridi of DMC West Karachi would take oath.

Family members of Waseem and MQM leader Farooq Sattar were present at the oath-taking ceremony.

The mayor of Karachi and elected public municipal persons would only be supervise the ongoing development projects in the city and would have no say in the financial set up and would not have any powers to take any financial decision on such development projects.

The lawyer was quoted by Reuters as saying that Waseem Akhtar could run Karachi via video link for five years. Police will escort him to any meetings he is allowed to attend outside prison.

Earlier, Sindh High Court dismissed a petition of PTI leader Faisal Vawda seeking stay order against the oath taking of Karachi's mayor-elect.

The ECP notified the winning candidates for Mayor, Deputy Mayor, along with the Chairmen and Vice Chairmen across the province.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader took oath despite staunch opposition from rival parties.

Waseem Akhtar, a former MPA, who is being held at Karachi's central prison was brought to Polo Ground amid high security to take his oath.

The oath-taking ceremony which was attended by foreign diplomats, businessmen and political leaders was delayed for almost two-and-half-hours as Sindh High Court heard and dismissed at least two petitions challenging the right of Akhtar to take oath as Mayor of Pakistan's biggest city and financial hub.