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Baldia factory fire case: ATC summons more witnesses on Jan 23

KARACHI: Senior leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), Rauf Siddiqui, appeared before the anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Saturday in Baldia factory fire case, reported ARY News. MQM workers Rehman alias Bhoola, Zubair, and others also appeared before the ATC. The court recorded statements of five witnesses of the incident. Witnesses told the court that a fire ‘suddenly’ erupted at the factory and they jumped out of window to save their lives. Heirs of four of the deceased victims said they came through…

Former investigator of Baldia factory fire case receiving threats, court told

KARACHI: Former investigation officer of the Baldia factory inferno case Jahanzeb on Saturday moved an application in an anti-terrorism seeking directives for Karachi police to provide him protection. In his application, he stated that he has been receiving calls from unknown numbers, threatening him with dire consequences. Public prosecutor Sajid Mehbob told the ATC judge that the police are ready to provide protection to the former IO. He said police will help trace the callers extending life threats. The ATC,…

Six years on victims of Pakistan’s 9/11 still await justice

KARACHI: With the march of time, the families of the people, who perished in deadly Baldia factory inferno, may have come to terms with the loss of their loved ones, but they still await justice to give them a sense of closure.  At least 260 workers were burnt alive when the ill-fated multistorey garment factory was set ablaze in the city’s Baldia Town on Sept 11, 2012. An anti-terrorism court, which is legally bound to decide a case within seven days after indictment under the anti-terrorism law, has still a long way…

Unique memorial erected for 2012 Baldia factory fire victims

Gleaming in the afternoon sun, a wall formed of bricks inscribed with 258 names,  stands outside the office of an NGO. This wall is no ordinary wall, the names are of the victims of 2012 Baldia factory fire- 258 in total- and each brick is to remember one victim. A victim, who left home to earn livelihood for his/her family but came back in a coffin for no fault of his own. Six years on, the victims are yet to get justice and some are even awaiting due compensation. Most of these workers belonged to poor…

PTI MNA-elect vows to bring Baldia factory fire culprits to justice

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA-elect Faisal Vawda on Wednesday said that he will go all out to bring culprits behind the 2012 Baldia factory fire incident to justice, ARY News reported. Speaking exclusively to ARY News, Vawda said that he will personally pursue 2012 Baldia factory inferno case as his constituency (NA-249) comprises the Baldia Town area where the horrific incident occurred. "Whoever is behind this crime will be executed, be it from MQM or any other party," said Vawda. Vawda, who was…

SHC rejects bail plea of key suspect in Baldia factory fire case

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday rejected a bail petition of key suspect Zubair alias Charya in the Baldia factory fire case. A division bench of the high court directed the anti-terrorism court (ATC) hearing the case to complete trial at the earliest. SSP Sajid Sadozai, investigating officer of the case, told the judges that a witness testified against the accused on December 22, 2016 that he set the factory ablaze using chemicals. There were concrete evidences about the involvement of Zubair Charya…

Key suspect in Baldia factory inferno case disowns confessional statement

KARACHI: Abdul Rehman alias Bhola, a former sector-in-charge of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), on Saturday retracted his confessional statement in the Baldia factory inferno case. The suspect through his lawyer moved an application in an anti-terrorism court, informing that he did not give any such confessional statement under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code. He submitted that the statement was gleaned under duress and requested the court to allow his application seeking to withdraw the confession.…

UAE hands over Baldia factory fire accused Hammad Siddiqui to Pakistan: sources

DUBAI/KARACHI: The UAE authorities on Friday handed over Baldia Factory Fire prime accused Hammad Siddiqui to Pakistani officials, ARY News reported. Siddiqui, arrested by UAE authorities in October this year, had been working as the in-charge of Karachi Tanzeemi Committee (KTC) of MQM, however his party membership was suspended in 2013 for violating discipline, following which Siddiqui moved to UAE. According to sources, Siddiqui has been deported to Pakistan after mutual intelligence coordination between officials…

Four govt servants acted as facilitators in Baldia factory fire tragedy, Salman Baloch tells Rangers

KARACHI: Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Salman Mujahid Baloch has written a letter to Director General Sindh Rangers in which he accused four government officers of facilitating the prime suspect in the 2012 Baldia Factory Fire tragedy, ARY News reported on Monday. Baloch, who was recently thrown out of Farooq Sattar-led-MQM Pakistan, maintained that at least four officers stationed in Baldia Town, namely Akmal Siddiqui, Mirza Asif Baig, Ameer Ali Qadri and Shahnawaz Bhatti facilitated the culprits in carrying out…