Pakistan

KARACHI – Hammad Siddiqui, the prime accused in the 2012 Baldia factory inferno case, can be extradited to Pakistan as early as next week, sources said.

Diplomatic sources said that legal formalities have been completed and documentation to bring the accused to Pakistan have been handed over to diplomatic officials.

The Pakistani mission in the United Arab Emirates has notified FIA officials, who will soon travel to the Emirates for this purpose, sources added.

Sources further revealed that at the time of his arrest in the UAE, two close associates and facilitators of Siddiqui were present but managed to escape law enforcers.

The ex-MQM official has a number of cases registered against him including the high profile Baldia factory fire case and Imran Farooq murder case.

The prime suspect in Imran Farooq murder case, Moazzam Ali had told the investigation team that he had arranged London visas for two alleged hitmen in Imran Farooq murder case – Mohsin and Kashif – upon directives by Hammad Siddiqui.

In 2016, an anti-terrorism court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for accused Hammad Siddiqui in Baldia Factory Fire case.

Nearly 250 people burnt to death after a horrific blaze erupted in the factory in September 2012. The government formed a JIT to thoroughly investigate the matter, which had later made startling revelations.