ATC to an­nounce Bal­dia fac­tory fire case ver­dict on Sept 22

Daily Messenger - - Front Page - Staff Re­porter

KARACHI: Anti-ter­ror­ism court will an­nounce its ver­dict on Septem­ber 22 in the high­pro­file Bal­dia fac­tory fire case, eight years af­ter the ter­ri­fy­ing in­dus­trial blaze.

The court re­served its ver­dict on Septem­ber 2 as pros­e­cu­tion rested its case af­ter record­ing ma­te­rial ev­i­dence in­clud­ing foren­sic, bal­lis­tic and chem­i­cal anal­y­sis re­ports and tes­ti­monies of 400 wit­nesses against the ac­cused.

Over 250 work­ers were burnt alive when the multi-storey gar­ment fac­tory was set on fire in Ini­tially, fac­tory owner Bal­dia Town on Ab­dul Aziz Bhaila, his Septem­ber 11, 2012. two sons Ar­shad Bhaila and Shahid Bhaila, a gen­eral man­ager and four gate­keep­ers were chargeshee­ted for their al­leged neg­li­gence.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the JIT re­port, the fac­tory fire was not an ac­ci­dent, it was an act of ter­ror­ism. The fire was started in the fac­tory for non-pay­ment of Rs200 mil­lion as ex­tor­tion money, it stated.

Ac­cord­ing to re­port, MQM’s Ha­mad Sid­diqui and Rehman Bhola de­manded ex­tor­tion money from the fac­tory owner but the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion had not men­tioned about the ex­tor­tion money any­where in the FIR or in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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