MQM worker admits Baldia factory was set on fire on Hammad’s orders

Uzair’s close aide reveals political patronage of Lyari gangs

Staff Reporter

Karachi—Zubair alias Charya, a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement who was arrested during a raid on Friday has admitted to setting Baldia Twon factory on fire.
He told the investigators that the factory was set on fire at the behest of MQM’s then in-charge of Tanzeemi Committee Hammad Siddiqui after owner of the Ali Enterprises refused to give Rs10 million in extortion.
Charya said he along with Rehman Bhola sprinkled highly inflammable substance around the the building of Ali Enterprises before setting it on fire. The sources further said that the suspect has been remanded to 90-day physical remand. The fire at Ali Enterprises killed over 250 people in 2012. Another suspect taken into custody in a raid within the remits of Sachal Police Station confessed to killing seven people including a nephew of Amir Khan, a central leader of the MQM. Abbas Ali, whose political affiliation has not been disclosed, said he along with Abid Mota murdered Khan’s nephew besides committing acts of targeted killing in 2012 and 2013.
Abbas told investigators that he had close ties with SHO of Mubina Town police station and indulged in criminal acts on the orders of MQM leader Hammad Siddiqui.
Meanwhile, Commander of one of Lyari gangs, Uzair Baloch’s close aide Nouman Siddique has revealed political patronage behind gang wars after he was arrested Saturday.
The culprit, during interrogation stated that youths were recruited in the criminal gangs. Since the start of a targeted operation in Karachi in 2013, some criminals have taken refuge in Balochistan and Dubai, he added. Youths were used for collection of extortion money and target killings in the city. Sources privy to law enforcement agency stated that the copped culprit used to assist Baloch in different affairs.

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