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Baldia factory fire: Five years on, perpetrators still at large

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 11, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Posted: Sep 11, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

KARACHI: Five years on, the perpetrators of the Baldia factory fire in which more than 250 people were burned to death, are still at large. 

September 11, 2012 was an ill-fated day for more than 250 workers of Ali Enterprises' factory where a fire erupted and 260 people burned to their death subsequently.

Initially attempts were made to divert attention away from the case when it was claimed that the fire was caused as a result of an accident. However, a Joint Investigation Committee revealed that the fire was a case of arson.

Several suspects linked with MQM were arrested on charges of being involved in starting the fire after provisions of terrorism were included in the Baldia factory fire case.

These suspects included Zubair alias charya and Shakeel aka chota. The main suspect in the fire case named Rehman Bhola was brought to Pakistan with the help of Interpol.

In light of Rehman Bhola's statement, Rauf Siddiqui was nominated as a suspect in the Baldia factory fire case. However, the MQM leader was released after sufficient evidence was not found to implicate him.

Rangers prosecutor has claimed that the case could not reach its logical conclusion due to the lazy attitude of the police.

The main suspect in the case, Hammad Siddiqui, has been declared an absconder in the Baldia factory fire case. Five years later, in a case of arson where more than 250 people were killed for no fault of their own, the perpetrators of Baldia factory fire still remain at large.
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