Baldia Factory Case: SHC dismisses main convicts’ appeals against death sentence
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has rejected the appeals of two men sentenced to death in connection with the Baldia factory case.
Mohammad Zubair aka Charya and Abdul Rehman aka Bhola had appealed against the death penalty awarded to them in 2020 on charges of arson.
The culprits had maintained that accusations of extortion were unfounded.
Be reminded that over 250 people were killed during an inferno in the Ali Enterprise factory in Karachi’s Baldia Town in 2012. Earlier considered to be an accident, investigations unveiled that the factory had been put on fire after the owners failed to pay extortion money.
Four people, Shahrukh Latif, Ali Muhammad, Arshad Mehmood, and Fazal Ahmed, had been handed down life imprisonment sentences for facilitating the crime.
Over 400 witnesses gave their testimony in the case which established that Hammad Siddiqui, an MQM official, had ordered that the building be set on fire.
Nevertheless, other MQM office holders, including Rauf Siddiqui, who was a provincial minister at the time of the incident, were acquitted.