MQM's Rauf Siddiqui resigns from ministry over Karachi fire incident

Published: September 14, 2012

Minister for Commerce and Industry Rauf Siddiqui says decision taken on the directives of his party. PHOTO: SHAHID ALI/EXPRESS

KARACHI: Owning up to the responsibility for the fire that engulfed over 250 lives in a Baldia Town factory, Minister for Commerce and Industry Rauf Siddiqui tendered his resignation on Friday, Express News reported.

Siddiqui, who belongs to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, said that the decision was taken on the directives of his party.

Forwarding his resignation to Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad, Siddiqui said that he wants a fair and transparent investigation to be carried out and that can only be possible when he is not holding the ministry.

Siddiqui had earlier said that the land was allotted by his ministry but after that it becomes the responsibility of SITE, the labour department and civil defence authorities to inspect code violations.

He had felt the owners were first responsible and then government agencies.

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Reader Comments (56)

  • Not me
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:25PM

    He has gained my respect.I wish there were others like him in Federal and Provincial cabinets

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  • Sarah
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:27PM

    wow. great move mqm

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:32PM

    OK, somebody resigned at least, unlike in previous such fiasco.

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  • Ash
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:33PM

    MQM has once again set a fine example for all other stake holders! Even though I doubt Rauf was responsible directly for this incident but he made a good decision. I think Cheif minister should be next…

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  • KB
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:34PM

    Well-done for taking the Responsibility; Like MQM for once.

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  • A
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Good thinking !!!

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  • adeel
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:53PM

    Despite all differences with MQM, atleast MQM has discipline and courage.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:56PM

    I must say, if I ignore MQM’s heavy handed approach towards racial/lingual segregation (and its violent consequence henceforth) I cannot help but admire their firm stance on principles, leadership, hard work, honesty, religious moderation, development of the poor and sense of duty.

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  • Positive Pakistani
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:56PM

    good example being set!……people still might think that it can be a good political move by MQM in the wake of upcoming elections….but still!…..things what should be appreciated should be appreciated!

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  • Zee
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:57PM

    I guess only MQM has the guts to take such a step in the right direction…i can bet had it been a minister from PPP or PML-N he would be happily occupying the post still and unmoved.Recommend

  • Muzaffar
    Sep 14, 2012 - 2:59PM

    appreciated !!

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  • Saleem
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:07PM

    After so many innocents’ deaths, how can he go free just by resigning? He must be tried for criminal neglect.

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  • zeeshan sheikh
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:08PM

    Good now put him in jail and trial him under murder charges.

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  • Muhajir
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:11PM

    Good stunt in the wake of elections!

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  • ZYZE
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:18PM

    at least one ……………… ……. …….. , still have courage, the others… big… ….. ….. are still sleeping…………, this is an eye opener for all the people , who gave votes to these … … …….

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:25PM

    Wow, finally someone in Pakistan Government who took the responsibility and resigned!!! But he should have resigned on the directives of his own inner voice not just the directives of the party!! Anyway, a welcome change from the normal practice…Hope representatives start taking responsibility and bring about real change.

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  • ahmer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:26PM

    good and professional gestureRecommend

  • kanwal
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:29PM

    Ok. so now, we have a murder investigation launched against the owners. The Minister of Industries has resigned. Next to take resposibility should be the SITE, the labour department and civil defence authorities as he says too. But looking at the SITE asscociation’s chairman’s statement this morning, its highly unlikely that SITE, who are the primary culprits, are going to take anything seriously. Such a shame

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  • Asim Ali
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Just a resignation? This person, needs to get arrested for negligence, be banned from holding public office and be made an example for such callous oversight. What is he holding a plush ministerial position for? If he and others like him cannot implement rules and regulations, then why are we paying taxes

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  • Syed Amin u DDin
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:37PM

    Very Very Good……… Hats Off

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  • Peaceful
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:38PM

    He should be sent to jail also

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  • SHAH
    Sep 14, 2012 - 3:55PM

    Really great, Labour department and SITE are responsible for this. because his ministry can not influence independent body SITE and a ministry run by ANP. So only fool can demand his criminal trail. Great Step Rauf bhai.

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  • Omer
    Sep 14, 2012 - 4:01PM

    guys believe me this is negligence on part of labour dept., not the industry ministry, but never the less a good move

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  • Tch tch
    Sep 14, 2012 - 4:12PM

    Send him to jail

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  • Haider Hussain
    Sep 14, 2012 - 4:19PM

    Despite not being a MQM supporter, I salute him for this precedent…

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  • Mazhar
    Sep 14, 2012 - 4:22PM

    I can’t believe this…first time ever I see something good about Pakistan….Mr. Siddiqui, thanks for setting a unique example. Hats off!!

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  • Mubashir
    Sep 14, 2012 - 4:24PM

    What about the same Minister in Punjab? What about the Federal Minister for Commerce?

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  • Usman Ahsan
    Sep 14, 2012 - 4:28PM

    MQM involves in this issue also.

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  • Ash
    Sep 14, 2012 - 4:29PM

    Few people above are going nuts saying he should be sent to jail and tried…for once use your brain and appreciate his courage to resign even though he should not be held responsible for this tragedy directly….it was the responsibility of Labor minister, Civil defense and Chief minister who stopped Labor department to do its work…Please guys put aside your MQM phobia and make an un-biased opinion and see who should really be responsible for this.

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  • Logistics
    Sep 14, 2012 - 4:30PM

    There is no courage involved. MQM can play musical chairs with their Ministers because none have an independent power base. Another MQM face will come in the position. The fact is the Minister was not personally responsible.

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  • Shahzeb Ahmed
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:01PM

    Is it in Pakistan ? Oh its from MQM mmmmm they are odd ones out in Pakistan! good jobRecommend

  • Shahzeb Ahmed
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:05PM

    Most of the comments clearly show how much “LOVE” people do with MQM lol biased politics of PakistanRecommend

  • zeeshan sheikh
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:14PM

    people are so naive. he have made million or rupees in corruption that caused this incident. recover all the money from him first. he is responsible for 300 innocent killingsRecommend

  • zeeshan sheikh
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:15PM

    this is just drama he will be minister again he is fooling people .

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  • Nadia
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:24PM

    @zeeshan sheikh:
    Get a grip please! How many minsters in the past have resigned? people like you give bad name to Pakistan if anyone who should be trialled is you for passing such a childish comment. Recommend

  • Sep 14, 2012 - 5:25PM

    @Sarah:
    He should also be probed. the resignation is not enough. 290+ lives need more than resignation.

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  • farhan
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:41PM

    Anyone from the same ministery in Punjabi province resigned? 26 people died from the shoe factory fire in lahore. Who will be responsible for the fire here in lahore? Shahbaz Sharif, we are waiting for the result of the inquiry.

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  • Masood
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:43PM

    We will listen the NEWS that another minister from MQM or same rauf will appointed as minister for industeries and commerce within few day or may be his resignation will not be accepted or decision to accept by governer sindh will not be taken.

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  • Raw is War
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:49PM

    just acting..

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  • pervaiz memon
    Sep 14, 2012 - 5:56PM

    an “important person” asked them to leave the premises.

    is he is that person

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  • peace for all
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:00PM

    Better Move but so late, if he had resigned on spot when he was in front press members to given blame others. Where gone good governance which party claim. Political game of his party and gain scoring but last they introduce another Minister for same Ministry within few days or his resignation not accept.

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  • Jamil
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:00PM

    @Logistics:
    What a childish comment “the minister is not responsible” then who is? Mister is the person who was not sure that his work force work properly.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Respect! You have clearly distinguished yourself from all people in Pakistani politics, judiciary, army and other not so graceful institutions.

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  • Raheel
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:45PM

    I think at least for once we can act like parhe likhe (“educated” if would say) Pakistani and appreciate this Unprecedented act by a Pakistani politician.

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  • Truth Bites
    Sep 14, 2012 - 6:46PM

    I am astonished people wishing well done to MQM! for what? A minister has resigned shamefully because his deparment didnt function properly! Politically very good move for an ending cabinet, he will be minister again though! normal democracies he will not stand a chance in lifetime to be minister again!

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  • Yo!!
    Sep 14, 2012 - 7:09PM

    he should be trialed in court for his incompetency; you cant just runaway with resignation. he’s guilty of being a failure and should be punished accordingly!

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  • Nasir
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:00PM

    Another Drama, now “people” will appeal him to withdrew his resignation and on great people demand Altaf bhai will ask him to keep working and kicking.

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  • fus
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Wow…it always amazes me the level of IQ most of the Pakistani posses. Checking fire system in a factory does not come under jurisdiction of Ministry of Industry, but in you hatred for MQM you have become blind or simply lack mental capacity to understand. Good…..btw it was MQM workers who actually broke the wall to save ppl and went in the burning inferno, when the administration had no clue what to do. Even Mustafa Kamal made this suggestion to the administration to make hole in the walls but again when you have a burecrate incharge what do you expect.
    They may be thugs, but better then thugs of everyother party. Dont expect same from the leaders or even party workers of PPP, PML. ANP or even PTI.

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  • Maha
    Sep 14, 2012 - 8:09PM

    he just did this so that MQM could get votes in the upcoming elections and we are all fools to appreciate this move.

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  • Nadia
    Sep 14, 2012 - 9:12PM

    @Maha:
    Dear Maha, Majority of readers who commented and praised this kind gesture of MQM minster are not fools. We can differentiate between right and wrong if you really want to talk about someone you are more than welcome to talk about your self and call your self a fool. MQM workers and Minsters are so basic from lower class that you may not have even heard of them before and may not even remember there names. If he resigned it means he accepted and took a hit for it so that there could be a transparent investigation! Secondly about election MQM has proved in past to be loyal to its voters by building bridges and roads “LIKE FUS MENTIONED ABOVE: btw it was MQM workers who actually broke the wall to save ppl and went in the burning inferno, when the administration had no clue what to do. Even Mustafa Kamal made this suggestion to the administration to make hole in the walls but again when you have a burecrate incharge what do you expect.”

    PLEAS APPRECIATE AND STOP HATING!

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  • Navaid
    Sep 14, 2012 - 10:44PM

    @Saleem:
    Are you out of your mind? He had absolutely nothing to do with this event. His resignation is only a matter of morals and ethics in government, and is a benchmark in all democratically elected governments. His resignation will certainly lead to a full bi-partisan investigation, and the facts will come out. I am from Karachi, and I know for sure, that no MQM Minister could ever be neglectful, they work round the clock for the people of Karachi.

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  • GOlden orde
    Sep 15, 2012 - 3:41AM

    Well done mqm. Excellent trend

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  • Ilmana Fasih
    Sep 15, 2012 - 4:00AM

    A great precedence set by the not so shameless politicians.

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  • Saz
    Sep 15, 2012 - 10:15AM

    He said he was open for investigation, first find out whose fault is it prior to calling for him to bee lynched just because you don’t agree with his politics.@Asim Ali:

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  • a silent observer
    Sep 15, 2012 - 2:56PM

    From what I remember his first reaction was that he has nothing to do with this and that this wasn’t his responsibility. And i’m saying this based on a tv report where a journalist questioned him for his negligence. He not only didn’t hold himself responsible but was trying to distant himself. But well another attempt from MQM towards face saving.

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  • K. Shaikh
    Sep 16, 2012 - 9:02PM

    This is in response to all who want to send MQM minister to jail. Find out the killers of Qaede Azam, liaqat Ali, killers of 20 lakh Bengalis, thousands of Sindis and Balochis, and the killers of 15 thousand urdu speakers then talk about Rauf Siddiqui. How about the killers, and rapers of women in Pakistan, People who walked your women naked in the town and whole town was watched the show, how about people burn the women? And how about all the currupt ministers and generals, and police and your father Zardari. After you punish all these people then Rauf Siddiqui will walk into jail willingly. Shame on you.Recommend

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