KARACHI: Waseem Akhtar, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and mayor of Karachi was finally released from prison on Wednesday after an anti-terrorism court (ATC) granted bail in terror facilitation case, the last of 39 cases against him.

An anti-terrorism court in Karachi granted bail to Waseem Akhtar and PPP’s Abdul Qadir Patel in a case pertaining to the facilitation and provision of medical treatment to alleged terrorists and gangsters at PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain’s hospital.

He was welcomed by a large number of party workers and supporters gathered outside the Karachi Central Prison to welcome him. He waas received by MQM leader’s Farooq Sattar, Faisal Sabzwari. Amir Khan and Rauf Siddiqui while party workers showered petals to welcome him.

Expecting Akhtar’s arrival at the Yadgar-i-Shuhada, supporters of MQM-London and MQM-Pakistan indulged in sloganeering.

After his release, Waseem Akhtar visited the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah where he laid a floral wreath, offered ‘fateha’ and commented in the guest book.

While speaking to media, Akhtar said that it was his desire the mausoleum since he was elected as the mayor of Karachi, but was unable due to the prevailing circumstances.

He reaffirmed that it would now continue his duties as the mayor of Karachi and fullfill the mandate given to him to the best of his ability. He called on the Sindh government to give the local authorities their rights so they can fuction smoothly without any hindrance.