MQM-P leaders, including Mayor Waseem Akhtar, indicted in red zone protest case

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KARACHI: A district court on Saturday indicted Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leaders, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar, Khawaja Izahrul Hasan, Mehfooz Yar Khan and Saathi Ishaq in a red zone protest case.

The MQM leaders had protested outside Chief Minister’s House against water shortage in the metropolis last year.

The court also declared 12 other party members as ‘proclaimed offenders’, including party leader Dr Farooq Sattar and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

The Judicial Magistrate (South) has summoned the witnesses of the case at the next hearing.

A four-hour protest sit-in was held outside the CM House in June 2016. The party ended their protest after receiving assurances from the authorities concerned to address their demands and grievances.

Representatives of the Sindh government, including Special Adviser to the CM Waqar Mehdi, PPP leader Nasir Hussain Shah and the MD Water Board were sent to negotiate with MQM leaders led by Khawaja Izharul Hassan and Dr Farooq Sattar.