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Pakistan Sindh

New JIT formed to reinvestigate Baldia town factory fire case

KARACHI:Government has constituted a new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe into 2012 Baldia town factory fire incident that left over 260 workers dead in Karachi.

A report prepared and submitted in court by a previous JIT blamed Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) for the incident; however, the party denies its involvement.
Sources said the newly formed body would be headed by Additional IG Police Sindh Khadim Hussain Bhatti, comprising Director FIA Shahid Hayat, DIG Mushtaq Mahar and officials from Rangers and security agencies.

The team will submit its final report to the federal government after completion of the investigation.
Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, while chairing a meeting of provincial apex committee in Karachi, criticised police officials for being slow to file chargesheets in the Baldia town tragedy.
He vowed that justice would be served to the victims of Baldia factory tragedy.
It is pertinent to mention here that the first JIT report was presented before the Sindh High Court (SHC) on February 6 and the bench had made the report a part of the case proceedings.
The report stated that an alleged MQM worker named Rizwan Qureshi had confessed that he, along with his accomplices, had set the factory ablaze when the administration refused to pay Rs200 million extortion.
The report was strongly rejected by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).