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MQM ordered Baldia factory fire over extortion refusal: Challan

11:57 PM | 5 Sep, 2016
MQM ordered Baldia factory fire over extortion refusal: Challan
KARACHI – A challan on Monday stated that former In-charge of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Administrative Committee Hammad Siddiqui had ordered to set fire a factory in Baldia Town Karachi after the owners refused to pay Rs250 million as an extortion.

The challan was immediately approved by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi today.
According to the sources, Hamad Siddiqui ordered the terrorist act after the factory owners refused to give them partnership and extortion money.

According to Geo News, the challan further revealed that the factory owners even agreed on paying Rs10 million.

The owners of the garment factory were coerced by Mohammad Ali Hasan — a close aide of former MQM leader Anees Qaimkhani— to pay off Rs59.8 million.

According to the challan, there were 18 witnesses in the case whereas Hammad Siddiqui and Rehman aka Bhola have been declared absconders.

According to the challan, many MQM leaders tried to change the direction of the case.

The incident took lives of 259 people and also injured several others in September 2012.

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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