Over 260 workers were burned alive in fire at garment factory in Karachi in 2012 by MQM-Altaf terrorists because the owners did not give all extortion money to the party leaders. MQM-Altaf leader a British citizen is living in London since 1990s under the foreign protection. His party was part of various coalition governments since 2002. The senior leaders who ordered the fire bombing and demanded extortion money are still at large and ‘foot soldiers’ are convicted. There were various ‘cover ups’ in the process since 2012.
A Pakistani court on Tuesday handed death sentences to two accused and life imprisonment to four others in a 2012 factory fire case, court records and lawyers said.
Over 260 people, mostly workers, were burned alive when the multi-storey garment factory in the commercial capital Karachi was set on fire in September of that year reportedly after the owners refused to pay extortion money to goons of a local political party.
The prime accused identified only by their first names, Zubair and Abdul Rehman, were found guilty of setting fire to the building.
Zubair was arrested by the Interpol from Saudi Arabia and Abdul Rehman from Thailand in 2016 and extradited to Pakistan.
Four other factory employees were convicted for facilitating the act.
Four others, including Rauf Siddiqui, a former state minister from Karachi-based Muttahida Qaumi Movement party, were acquitted for lack of evidence, their lawyer Abid Zaman told reporters.
The convicts can appeal the verdict in the High Court and then the Supreme Court within next 10 days.