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Baldia factory fire: Court refuses to accept photo copy of JIT report

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KARACHI: A local court on Monday expressed resentment over sluggishness of the police and refused to accept the copy of a joint investigation team (JIT) report of the Baldia factory fire case, ARY News reported.

The court also ordered submission of the complete report of the JIT on May 28.

The photocopy of a JIT report, comprises of 214 pages, was submitted during the court hearing today. The judge while refusing to accept the report ordered submission of complete report with full details.

The judge expressed his anger over absence of the investigation officer and said that the police department’s ineligibility has been proved in Baldia factory fire case, no one have interest in this case, the judge remarked.

The former investigation officer of the case informed the court about his illness. The judge told him to go on the long leave as “you have no interest in the case”.

The court later adjourned the hearing till May 28.

A garments factory in Baldia Town had caught fire on September 11, 2012 claiming around 259 lives while at least 600 were injured in Pakistan’s most fatal industrial fire incident.

Paramilitary Rangers in a JIT report had claimed that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was behind the incident as a high official of the party had demanded extortion money from the owners of the factory.

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