Baldia factory fire planned for terror: JIT.


Byline: Imtiaz Ali

KARACHI -- The Sindh government on Monday made the reports of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) about the killing of 259 people in a Baldia factory and Uzair Baloch public after the judiciary took cognisance of the matter on the petition of a federal minister.

The home department uploaded the JIT reports on its website making them accessible to the public while drawing varied reactions of political parties.

The Baldia factory report recommended registering of a fresh FIR on terrorism charges against the then head of Muttahida Qaumi Movement's Karachi Tanzeemi Committee Hammad Siddiqui and seven others, whereas the JIT report on Uzair Baloch confirmed that he had 'confessed' to the killing of 198 people on ethnic and political grounds and in rivalry with other gangs.

Placing him in 'black' category, the JIT declared Uzair Baloch, the head of now defunct Amn Committee, was involved in the killing of his rival gangsters, innocent citizens on ethnic and political grounds besides several police and Rangers personnel.

Report calls for fresh FIR on terrorism charges against former MQM leader, seven others; Uzair Baloch confesses to killing 198 people

The JIT report said he was involved in espionage activities. He confessed to killing 198 people on ethnic, political grounds as well as in gang warfare, it said, quoting him as saying that 11 traders in the Shershah junk market were killed because they were 'sympathisers' of a political party and gave extortion to that party.

He also admitted that he kidnapped his rival gang leader Arshad Pappu and two others with the help of certain police officers and murdered them brutally to take revenge of his father's killing.

The JIT report said he was also involved in extortion, land grabbing, China-cutting and narcotics trafficking.

About the deadly Baldia factory fire that claimed 259 lives, the JIT declared that it was not a fire accident rather a 'planned sabotage/ terror activity' carried out over non-payment of Rs200 million extortion and partnership in factory profits.

The report held the then head of MQM's...

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