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An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi has deferred the verdict in the high-profile Baldia factory case that rocked the country eight years ago.
Factory owners and the apprehended accused had held the Mutahhida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for the tragedy. Statements of 400 eyewitnesses against the accused had also been recorded.
At least 262 workers were burnt alive when a multi-story garment factory was set ablaze in Baldia Town on September 11, 2012.
Ten accused — then-provincial minister for commerce and industries Rauf Siddiqui, MQM’s then Badia Town sector in-charge Abdul Rehman alias Bhola, Zubair alias Charya, Hyderabad-based businessmen Dr Abdul Sattar Khan, Umar Hasan Qadri, Iqbal Adeeb Khanum and the ill-fated industrial unit’s four gatekeepers — Shahrukh, Fazal Ahmed, Arshad Mehmood and Ali Mohammad — have been charged with setting the factory afire.