Pakistani court sentences two accused to death amid deadly 2012 blaze

Pakistani court sentences two alleged to death amid deadly 2012 blaze
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The lethal industrial fire of Pakistan, which killed above 260 garment factory employees in 2012, was not an accident but a case of arson; a Pakistani court governed on Tuesday, and it sentenced 2 previous political party activists to death for igniting it.

Moreover, an Anti-Terrorism Court recognized that those persons set the plant burning because the owners refused to give their illegal and extortion demands and pay them money.

The fire incident sent shockwaves to the whole country

The fire incident at, a multi-story building for ready-to-wear garment makers in the southern region of Karachi (Ali Enterprise), pushed shockwaves all across the country when survivors described the trapped and killed people behind the locked factory exits.

Out of 8 other people alleged in the fire case, four persons were suspected complicit while the other 4 were proved innocent, including then Rauf Siddiqui (then provincial minister for industries), Abid Zaman (the defense counsel) told news reporters outside the court.

Pakistani court sentences two accused to death amid deadly 2012 blaze
Pakistani court announced two alleged MQM party workers to death regarding deadly 2012 fire incident,
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Rauf Siddiqui liked to the MQM-P (Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan), a political party linked to several years of violent political rivalry in Karachi (Pakistan) and currently a partner with Imran Khan’s (Prime Minister of Pakistan) coalition government.

The court announced the death penalty for criminals

Both Zubair Chariya and Rehman Bhola were MQM party workers, and the court had sentenced both men a death penalty. Furthermore, around four hundred witnesses pushed their statements in 171 hearings that took around 8 years to reach the final decision.

As the Muttahida Qaumi Movement party is a part of the ruling party, the party separated into many factions in 2017.

The present leadership of MQM refused any link with the fire incident and describes such happenings were set from overseas, where many significant leaders present, including Altaf Hussain (the founder of the MQM-P) who currently lives in exile and is now a British citizen. Moreover, MQM leaders said that the party had cut all relations with Altaf Hussain.