KARACHI: Waseem Akhtar has taken oath as the mayor of Karachi at Gulshan-e-Jinnah (Polo Ground) where he arrived from Karachi Central Jail. Deputy Mayor Arshad Vohra also sworn in on Tuesday, Aaj News reported.
According to the reports, oath taking ceremony of the mayoral figure was attended by MQM leader Dr. Farooq Sattar and Khwaja Izhar ul Hassan. Returning Officer Samiuddin Siddiqui took oath from Waseem Akhtar and Arshad Vohra.
Other political, religious and social figures also attended the ceremony.
Earlier, after the notification of victory was issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) the Returning Officer Samiuddin Siddiqui issued a letter to the Jail Superintendent of the Karachi Central Prison to produce Waseem Akhtar under foolproof security to take oath as Mayor of Karachi.
On Monday, two separate petitions were filed at the Supreme Court and the SHC against the MQM’s mayoral-nominee. Mohammad Shahid Ghouri filed a petition with the SC’s Karachi Registry under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, raising questions about whether a person involved in various criminal and terrorist cases should be allowed to hold the office of mayor.
However, Sindh High Court rejected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Faisal Vawda’s petition on Tuesday to bar Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Wasim Akhtar from taking oath as Karachi mayor.
The swearing in ceremony was scheduled for 11:00AM but was delayed due to last minute notifications and the PTI leaders petition before the Sindh High Court seeking to stop Akhtar from being sworn in.