KARACHI - Authorities put the name of baldia Town fire suspect on Exit Control List (ECL) following the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s directive to reinvestigate the incident which claimed 260 lives in 2012.
The issue of factory tragedy had almost been dumped when a JIT report submitted before the court by Rangers alleging Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker Rizwan Qureshi responsible for arson brought the matter back into lime light. PM Nawaz in his recent visit to Karachi directed authorities concerned to probe the case afresh.
Sources said that following the PM directives, Sindh government formed committee to reinvestigate the case. On the request of security agencies, the federal government has also put the name of Rizwan Qureshi on the ecl . Interestingly, Qureshi - an alleged high profile criminal - was arrested and he confessed to committing several criminal activities. He also yielded fruitful information about the baldia factory fire but was released on bail within few months and remains disappearing since then.
Sources said that the committee constituted to probe the case would be headed by Additional IG Khadim Hussain Bhatti while Sindh FIA Director Shahid Hayat, DIG Mushtaq Mahar, officials of Rangers and some other security agencies would be the members of the committee.
On the other side, Sindh High Court on February 10 has already directed for necessary clarifications with regard to Joint Interrogation Report. The case had already been investigated four times and three probe bodies ruled out possibility of criminal intention. The Sindh High Court has ordered for completion of the case within one year.
The whole proceedings of the baldia fire case, including the JIT report of Rangers, is also part of a petition filed by a local NGO, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler). Piler representative Karamat Ali has said that three inquiries conducted by police, FIA and a judicial team ruled out the fire being caused by sabotage for extortion or Bhatta. Ali further said that Rangers submitted the report on repeated orders of the court and repeatedly requested the court to keep it confidential. The report was not directly associated with baldia fire investigation but it portrayed criminal cases of Qureshi, Ali explained. Quoting Qureshi’s statement about the baldia fire , he said it was based upon hearsay as some of the party activists told Qureshi about the extortion.
Meanwhile, Sindh police spokesman, in a clarification issued on Wednesday, said all procurement by the department are made in an absolutely transparent manner.
Taking exception to media reports about alleged inadequacies registered in the procurement and purchase done by the Sindh Police Department, he said all legal requirements were also fulfilled with due consideration for needed documentation process. As for procurement of armoured vehicles was concerned, the spokesman said this was presently before the Supreme Court and verdict given by the apex court would be implemented in letter and spirit by the provincial police department.