Pakistan’s largest city set to be run by imprisoned mayor

One of the world’s most populous cities is set to be run from inside a jail cell after Karachi’s new mayor takes power in the face of staunch opposition from Pakistan’s powerful military.

Waseem Akhtar, a former MP, has been held for more than a month at Karachi’s central prison and is unlikely to be released any time soon.

He is accused of several crimes, including instigating city-wide riots in May 2007 and arranging medical care for wanted terrorists.

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