SHC upholds death sentence of MQM activists in Baldia factory fire case

01:12 PM | 11 Sep, 2023
Baldia factory fire
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KARACHI – The Sindh High Court on Monday issued its rulings on the appeals of two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists who had been sentenced to death in the Baldia factory fire case by the anti-terrorism court.

The SHC upheld the decision of the anti-terrorism court, confirming the death sentences of MQM activists Abdul Rehman and Zubair.

The charges against Abdul Rehman and Zubair included murder, extortion, arson, and terrorism, which they had appealed in the province's highest court. These appeals were heard by a division bench of the high court led by Justice Mohammad Karim Khan Agha, who had reserved judgment on August 29.

Additionally, the Sindh High Court rejected the government's appeal against the acquittal of four individuals, including MQM leader Rauf Siddiqui, Umar Hasan Qadri, Dr Abdul Sattar Khan, and Iqbal Adeeb Khanum, citing insufficient evidence. However, the high court did accept the appeals of the four accused who had been sentenced to life imprisonment.

In the original trial, factory employees and gatekeepers named Shahrukh, Fazal Ahmed, Arshad Mehmood, and Ali Mohammad were sentenced to life imprisonment by the anti-terrorism court. Still, the Sindh High Court's verdict today overturned their sentences, declaring them void.

After the verdict, MQM leader Rauf Siddiqui expressed his dissatisfaction, claiming a double standard of justice in Pakistan. He asserted that the entire case seemed to be against him, even though his party's workers were present at the time of the incident and were attempting to rescue people. Siddiqui, who was serving as the minister of commerce at the time, emphasized that he had no involvement in the incident or its proceedings and had resigned from his position.

The tragic incident in question occurred exactly 11 years ago in 2012 when a devastating fire at a factory in Baldia Town claimed the lives of hundreds of workers, with 260 workers perishing in the blaze.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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