By Charlie Loran • 22 September 2020 • 13:17
A court in Karachi has sentenced two men to death for arson after finding them guilty of starting Pakistan’s deadliest industrial fire, which killed 260 people in 2012. The two men to be hung in Karachi Pakistan were affiliated with the MQM party, which was in power in the city at the time, the court said.
The men were found to have set a garment factory on fire because its owners had not paid extortion money, hundreds were trapped inside the building which had no fire exits.
No date has yet been set for the hanging of Abdul Rehman and Zubair Charya.
40 Fire Engines tackled the blaze in the country’s commercial capital in September 2012 for more than 24 hours after the fire began in a bid to reach the dead and injured inside.
Workers could be seen jumping from the upper floors. Others could not because of metal grilles on the windows, leaving them trapped. Some of the victims rang friends, family and loved ones as the flames engulfed the building and they were left to die inside.
The Ali Enterprises factory in the Baldia Town area of Karachi was mobbed by shouting and hysterical relatives as rescuers pulled out body after body.
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