Baldia factory verdict to be announced on September 17

KARACHI (HRNW) An anti-terrorism court in Karachi reserved on Wednesday its verdict in the Baldia factory fire case and it will be announced on September 17.

In 2015, a joint investigation team was formed to probe the incident. Its report was, however, released a few months ago. According to the report, an accused had told the investigators that Hammad Siddiqui had demanded Rs200 million from the owners of the factory through his frontman Rehman Bhola in August 2012.

At least 259 factory workers were burnt alive after a deadly fire erupted at the factory in Baldia Town on September 11, 2012. Nine people affiliated with the MQM, including Hammad Siddiqui, Rehman Bhola and Zubair alias Chariya, have been charged with setting the garment factory on fire after the factory owners refused to pay them Rs200 million as ‘protection’ money.

The factory owners had held the MQM responsible for the fire. At least 400 eye witnesses and other people have recorded their statements in the case, according to the court documents.


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