KARACHI -  The government is yet to decide as to when and how to bring Hammad Siddiqui, the prime suspect in Baldia factory fire incident and former in-charge of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Karachi Tanzeemi Committee (KTC), back to the country. Siddiqui had been arrested by Interpol in Dubai on Friday.

Sources privy to the matter revealed that Siddiqui was a key suspect in majority of cases of target killings and mainly in Baldia factory inferno.

“The mode of Siddiqui’s deportation to the country is yet to be decided,” said a source privy to the matter. “It will take at least two months if the government follows the proper procedure according to the law, but he could be brought back soon if the government uses diplomatic ties,” he added. However, on the other hand, sources said that Pakistani consulate in Dubai had been directed to make immediate arrangements for bringing Siddiqui back to the country, and he is likely to be brought to Karachi tomorrow (Monday).

Siddiqui is the prime suspect in the 2012 Baldia factory fire incident in which 260 people, mostly factory workers, had been killed while several others were injured. Sources said that Pakistani government remained in touch with the UAE authorities for Siddiqui’s deportation.

Siddiqui had been removed from the party in 2013 following the violation of the party’s discipline.

Though Siddiqui served as chief of the KTC for at least four years since 2008, however, his name had first surfaced in the Baldia factory fire case in February 2015 when a joint investigation team’s report submitted to the Sindh High Court had disclosed that the ill-fated industrial unit had been set on fire because the owners had refused to pay extortion money to Siddiqui.

Several joint investigations teams (JITs) have been formed to probe the factory incident during the last five years. However, a major breakthrough was only achieved when the JIT was finally able to arrest three prime suspects in the country’s deadliest fire incident.

Two more prime suspects Zubair aka Charya and Rehman aka Bhola have already been arrested.

Police investigators cite Bhola’s confessional statement before a magistrate in which he had revealed that the factory had been set on fire on the directions of Hammad Siddiqui after the owners refused to pay the extortion money.

The investigators said that the factory owners’ statement also confirmed the involvement of Hammad Siddiqui in Baldia factory fire incident.

Siddiqui had escaped to Dubai in 2013 and he has been living there since then. His red warrants were issued in January this year.