A Pakistani court sentenced two men to death Tuesday for a fire in a factory in Karachi city in 2012 that killed around 260 people after workers were unable to escape the flames due to their existence on beams on the windows.
The convicts associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement Party (MQM) were found guilty of blackmailing the building for neglect by the factory owners.
Likewise, the judge of the Karachi Counter-Terrorism Court sentenced four guards at the facilities for facilitating the event, while acquitting the then provincial minister of trade and industry, Rauf Sidiqi, also a member of the MQM, the Pakistani newspaper reports. ‘ Dawn ‘.
In response to the verdict, MQM leader Faisal Subzuari has stated that the acquittal of Sidiqi, who is also a member of the party’s central committee, “shows that the MQM has nothing to do with this case” while at the same time he is depressed Families of the victims offer their condolences.
The fire occurred while many factory workers were waiting for their paychecks. The event is the largest disaster of its kind in the history of the Asian country.