RAWALPINDI - Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench has awarded protective bail till October 1, 2012 to the owners of a garments factory that reduced into ashes in Baldia Town in Karachi claiming 289 precious human lives.

LHC Rawalpindi Bench Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh accepted the bail plea of Abdul Aziz Bhaila, the owner of the ill-fated factory, who along with his two sons Rashid Aziz Bhaila and Shahid Aziz Bhaila, had appeared before the court and sought protective bail as Karachi police registered a case against them in the factory inferno case.

Sardar Ishaq Khan, who is contesting the case on behalf of the accused, told TheNation that the bail got by the Bhailas from a court in Larkana was to end today and it being public holiday they got further bail on Thursday.

He added that after getting the bail from Larkana Abdul Aziz came to Islamabad where he got ill as he had already been suffering from cardiac disease and was admitted to a private hospital for cure.  Sardar Ishaq argued before the court that they wanted to approach the concerned competent court for bail and feared they would be arrested as their earlier bail was going to end on Friday. 

A total of 289 workers burnt alive on September 11, 2012 when fire erupted in a garments’ factory, owned by Bhailas.