KARACHI: Upon completion of arguments of counsels, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) of Karachi on Thursday reserved its verdict in Baldia factory fire incident. The court will announce the verdict on Sept 22.
The suspects Rehman alias Bhola and Zubair alias Charya were presented from jail. Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Rauf Siddiqui, Umar Hassan Qadri, Dr Abdul Sattar and other suspects also appeared before the court. While, Hammad Siddiqui and Ali Hasan Qadri are proclaimed offenders in the case.
Police said that the factory was set on fire on Sept 11, 2012 for refusing to pay extortion money. The incident resulted in loss of 259 precious lives, said police.
Statements of more than 400 out of 768 have been recorded. The prosecution had given up 369 witnesses for being “unnecessary”.
It has been more than eight years since the victims are awaiting the court’s verdict.
Ali Enterprises, a garment factory on Hub River Road in Baldia Town, was set on fire on September 11, 2012, for non-payment of excise duty, as a result of which 260 workers were burnt alive.
Raees Ahmed, a 27-year-old resident of Baldia Town Gujrat Colony, who was married for only four months, was also killed in the tragedy. Raees Ahmed went to the factory at 9 am as usual but could not return.