Mayor designate demands compensation

Says case against him unbearable

Staff Reporter

Karachi—The Mayor designate of Karachi Waseem Akhtar who is waiting for transfer of powers as Mayor to serve the city is facing court trial on allegations of putting an affront to the paramilitary Rangers through his inciting remarks allegedly.
The Mayor designate on Tuesday appeared in antiterrorism court to defend a case registered against him on complaint of the paramilitary Rangers for damaging the reputation of the force, which he categorically rejected.
The paramilitary Rangers have demanded Rs.200 million for the damages done to the credibility and reputation of the paramilitary Rangers by the designate Mayor.
His counsel submitted a rejoinder in the ATC in which the Mayor designate of Karachi Waseem Akhtar said that the case registered on complaint of the paramilitary Rangers does not stand fit for the hearing as the paramilitary Rangers are a state institution and no state institution is authorised to file any compliant against any individual.
The Mayor designate in his rejoinder further stated that what he had expressed on a television were actual facts and those comments did not damage the reputation of the paramilitary Rangers.
He further stated in his rejoinder that in case the paramilitary Rangers still persists on their claim that the reputation was damaged then let the court to decide about it.
The Mayor designate further stated in his rejoinder that the court should bind the paramilitary Rangers to pay for the compensation instead of their claim for the same.
The ATC while ordering the paramilitary Rangers lawyers for providing copies of the case in detail to the respondent, the designate Mayor had adjourned the hearing until August 23 next month.
It is pertinent to mention that the paramilitary Rangers have accused the Mayor designate of damaging their reputation through allegations during collection of hides of sacrificial animals during Eid Al Adha last year.

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