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2 Men Sentenced to Hang Related to Karachi Industrial Fire which Killed 260 People

Two men sentenced to death by a court in Karachi for arson for killing 260 people after firing Pakistan's industry  in 2012.

Rehman Bhola and Zubair alias Charya, to death for setting fire to a garments factory in Baldia Town in 2012 which claimed the lives of 260 people.

One of the factory workers who survived the fire claimed in his testimony that three of the four exits of the factory were locked when the fire erupted. The testimony was later retracted. Hundreds were trapped inside the building which had no safety fire exits.

Some 40 firefighting vehicles tackled the blaze in the country's commercial capital in September 2012.More than 24 hours after the inferno began rescuers were still battling to reach the dead and injured inside. 

The garment factory set to fire by the men , because its owners had not paid extortion money.

They were affiliated with the MQM party, which was in power in the city at the time, the court said.

When the case was first reported, the Bhaila brothers were charged with murder under sections 302 (murder), 435 (mischief by fire or explosives), 436 (mischief by fire or explosives with the intention to destroy a house), 337 (causing hurt), 322 (unintentional death) and 34 (common intent) of the Pakistan Penal Code and the government officials charged with criminal negligence. They were arrested and sent to jail.

No date has been set for the hanging of Abdul Rehman and Zubair Charya, the MQM workers who were convicted.

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