Karachi factory fire: LHC grants factory owners protective bail

Published: September 21, 2012
Owners of the factory Ali Enterprises, Rashid Aziz and Shahid Aziz. PHOTO: FILE

Owners of the factory Ali Enterprises, Rashid Aziz and Shahid Aziz. PHOTO: FILE

RAWALPINDI: Owners of the factory Ali Enterprises, in which a fire claimed 260 lives in Karachi, were granted protective bails till October 1 by Lahore High Court’s (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on Thursday.

Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh accepted Abdul Aziz Bhaila’s plea, who along with his two sons Rashid Aziz and Shahid Aziz, had sought protective bails after being booked by the Karachi police in the Baldia factory fire case.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Bhailas’ lawyer Advocate Sardar Ishaq Khan said that the earlier bail obtained from Sindh High Court’s circuit bench in Larkana was due to expire on Friday, but they appealed for extension on Thursday due to the public holiday being observed today (Friday).

The lawyer added that after getting earlier the bail, Abdul Aziz Bhaila came to Islamabad where he fell ill and was admitted in a private hospital.

Khan argued before the court that his client wanted to approach the concerned court for bail but feared that they would be arrested as the earlier bail was due to end on Friday. The factory owned by Ali Enterprises in Baldia Town Karachi caught fire on September 11 where 260 employees lost their lives.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2012.

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  • khalid
    Sep 21, 2012 - 3:21PM

    Is it justice?


  • KnoWhat!
    Sep 21, 2012 - 6:51PM

    I now fear, people from one area running to more friendlier or familiar areas to get favorable judgement. All they would need is to book a flight and admit in a local hospital, assuming the owners of factory were not really pulling such stunt but were truly sick. I do believe in “innocent until proven guilty” policy.


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