MQM chief wants foreign investigation into Baldia factory fire

Published: February 8, 2015
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KARACHI: A day after a joint investigation team (JIT) report into the Baldia factory fire incident accused a man claiming to be a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker, the party’s chief Altaf Hussain said that MQM cannot be blamed for an individual’s alleged act and called for foreign investigation into the incident.

Addressing workers and supporters via telephone at the foundation laying ceremony for Altaf Hussain University in Hyderabad, the party chief lamented the timing for publicizing the JIT report.

“Why wasn’t the JIT report released earlier?” Hussain asked.

“A party has hundreds of thousands of workers. If one man claiming to be a member commits a crime, it is his individual act. It is illegal, immoral to blame the political party.”

Pointing out past record of the Scotland Yard and United Nations being invited to probe incidents in the country, the MQM chief called for a foreign team to investigate the Baldia factory fire incident. He added that if any member of his party was found guilty by during the foreign investigation, then they should be handed severe punishments.

Terming the JIT as an acronym for “Joint Interrogation Tabloid,” he directed MQM’s lawyers to take legal actions against those who had slandered the party.

Hussain said there were ‘black sheep’ within law enforcement and security apparatus who were responsible for numerous incidents in the past such as the murder of Benazir Bhutto, Pukka Qilla incident, and Ojhri Camp incident. He accused these ‘black sheep’ of spiriting away the real culprits responsible for these incidents. “Why don’t the authorities see these killers? They are called JIT – Joint Interrogation Team.”

“We had postponed the ground laying celebrations for the University when Shikarpur (blast) happened. Shikarpur incident did not happen, it was orchestrated.”

The MQM chief asked who had bailed out the prime suspect, Rizwan Qureshi, after he had been apprehended.

Hussain also criticised the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Jamaat-e-Islami for failing to condemn terror groups by name.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • Pakistani
    Feb 8, 2015 - 6:37AM

    No hate comments please.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Feb 8, 2015 - 7:03AM

    What a ridiculous demand!Recommend

  • saif
    Feb 8, 2015 - 7:29AM

    What an idiot. Strange personality and way of talk. He need a professionel doctor or psychologist He has some mental problems. Idiot he is invition foregin countryies on his contryies affairs. He has failed to become a politician and only created chaos. Kill me to because i wrote against you. He has killed over 100 people in the past and now we must be on 250 people afther this report. Recommend

  • SM
    Feb 8, 2015 - 7:45AM

    Does Britain allow foreign investigations for simple crimes like arson??? or Murder???Recommend

  • Shami
    Feb 8, 2015 - 7:53AM

    MQM is right, PTI and Jamaat need to be outlawed as they are the B teams of the Taliban. Recommend

  • raider
    Feb 8, 2015 - 8:00AM

    @Pakistani:
    Anarchists and extortionists playing havoc with peoples, you are afraid of hate comments, what a conscious thoughtsRecommend

  • abreez
    Feb 8, 2015 - 8:24AM

    Let’s play our favorite national games again, ego clash and leg pulling.Recommend

  • ajoka
    Feb 8, 2015 - 8:46AM

    I thought Why Now? and then heard the news of AB and AZ had a talk and MQM joining PPP govt at the juncture of a senate election. People murdered and played upon, just to have some
    RECONCILIATION before senate elections.
    All real culprits must be brought to book, it is SHC chief justice call now. Recommend

  • faraz
    Feb 8, 2015 - 9:07AM

    Simply stupid. Stop fooling people Recommend

  • Ozair
    Feb 8, 2015 - 9:09AM

    Everyone knows the true face of MQM. Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 8, 2015 - 9:15AM

    Just after release of this Baldia Repot, MQM hastened to shake hands with Sindh Govt. in order to mitigate sideeffects of this report…. Zardari played his cards wiselyRecommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 8, 2015 - 9:22AM

    Altaf Hussain wants foreign investigations in Baldia factory case so that he should divert the attention of the people of Pakistan from the bad name which Altaf Hussain and MQM have earned from the extortion of money case of Ali Enterprises.

    Investigations and findings of JIT of Baldia factory fire case is the last nail in the coffin of Altaf Hussain as well as of MQM.

    Those involved in killing around 300 people should be hanged till death without further delay otherwise more innocent people would become victim of the mafia.Recommend

  • Khawar Butt
    Feb 8, 2015 - 9:28AM

    Don’t worry chief. Scotland Yard is already on your tail for Dr. Imran murder and money laundering. Recommend

  • Ammar
    Feb 8, 2015 - 9:54AM

    This guy is specialized in creating fuss …

    He thinks, from Karachi to London, everybody is conspiring against him…what a joke!!

    and when they are caught red handed..it becomes an individual act of particular person…

    from journalists to industrialists, from Police to Army, from Lawyers to Doctors…nobody is safe in Karachi.Recommend

  • Fawad
    Feb 8, 2015 - 10:13AM

    Fortunately for Pakistan, Rangers are not politicized like police and thus their report is based on facts rather than political standings. Altaf Hussain should be brought back to Pakistan and formal charges of murder should be initiated against him. Recommend

  • Miristan
    Feb 8, 2015 - 10:19AM

    Karachi is Pakistan’s industrial town. Protection money,kidnapings lawlessness.is a common site.from police man to a politician there hands are out for extra and free money. 250 innocent people were killed. just imagine how many families were effected . political party involve in this heinous act must be punished.So this kind of act is not repeated again.Recommend

  • a
    Feb 8, 2015 - 10:31AM

    almost every one in Karachi knows what these sector/unit incharges do and is afraid of them. If some of these get caught then you disown them? who are you trying to fool? This thug mafia needs to be bannedRecommend

  • Yasser
    Feb 8, 2015 - 10:34AM

    The timing of this JIT is crucial, specially this report appeared when the senate elections are near.

    Why Rizwan Qureshi is released if he is the one who is involved or key witness in this incident?Recommend

  • Asim
    Feb 8, 2015 - 11:04AM

    If Rangers get a chance they would try to name MQM responsible for World War 1 and 2Recommend

  • Sahir
    Feb 8, 2015 - 1:29PM

    Everyone knows the bitter truth about MQM, They should stop pretending to be innocent and play the “PUNJABI ESTABLISHMENT” cardRecommend

  • Sahir
    Feb 8, 2015 - 1:30PM

    Wondering if MQM has paid trolls to defend their mafia organization tooRecommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 8, 2015 - 1:59PM

    When some 7 years ago the MQM decided to put all its eggs in the PPP-Z basket …….it made a serious mistake.Recommend

  • Tamer
    Feb 8, 2015 - 2:42PM

    Over the years, billions of taxpayers money has been wasted on foreign “experts” by inviting them to investigate own local affairs. Once again some sectors are demanding the same wastage of funds.

    Money does grow on trees. Recommend

  • turbo
    Feb 8, 2015 - 4:31PM

    scotland yard?Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Feb 8, 2015 - 6:47PM

    Whatever….MQM for life simple as that. pause:)Recommend

  • straightshooter
    Feb 8, 2015 - 6:59PM

    @Ahmad:
    Wow!! 259 Karachiites burnt to a crisp and you say ‘whatever’? This loyalty puts even the man’s best friend to shame! Recommend

  • Urban Legend
    Feb 8, 2015 - 11:12PM

    Whenever MQM distances itself from PPP, the state machinery comes into action and somehow years old cases start to get solved with the culprit talking against the party. Its Senate elections and MQM has to pay the price of forming opposition alliance. Recommend

  • Urban Legend
    Feb 8, 2015 - 11:14PM

    When the state is against you, one is left with two choices – call third party to intervene OR to stand against the state. Whats better position to take? :)Recommend

  • sufi
    Feb 8, 2015 - 11:33PM

    very bad by MQM a criminal-partyRecommend

  • Heuristic
    Feb 9, 2015 - 5:14AM

    ““A party has hundreds of thousands of workers. If one man claiming to be a member commits a crime, it is his individual act. It is illegal, immoral to blame the political party.””
    First, no worker would dare to demand “bhatta” without the approval of the higher ups.
    Second, if anyone demanded “bhatta” without the approval of the higher ups, he would be dealt with severely.
    Third, with the tight knit organization, it is impossible for any worker to demand “bhatta” without the approval of the higher ups and not be caught.
    Fourth, no worker would ever dare to torch a factory without the approval of the higher ups.
    Fifth, therefore, to blame these crimes on individuals is not tenable.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 9, 2015 - 6:41AM

    @Heuristic:
    Can you ask factory owner first about this before making five assumptions!Recommend

  • Heuristic
    Feb 9, 2015 - 8:51AM

    @Pakistani:
    It is reported that the factory owner escaped from Pakistan although he was supposedly on the ECL. Anyway, even if he were available for giving information, he would be too scared of speaking the truth.Recommend

  • sufi
    Feb 9, 2015 - 9:32AM

    in addition to Heuristic & Pakistani

    Baldia factory incident is a big case of 200-million bhatta it is impossible that a single MQM worker can do this masive distruction without party support.further it involve number of other party officials.Recommend

  • Feb 9, 2015 - 11:31AM

    Propaganda against MQM will again bog down and haters will bite the dust. Recommend

  • Urban Legend
    Feb 9, 2015 - 2:08PM

    The haters will have the audacity to support PPP led govt when it comes to MQM :) MQM has the power to let the factory owners escape the country even when he was on ECL. Recommend

  • Urban Legend
    Feb 9, 2015 - 2:09PM

    PPP remains the saints and the law enforcers here continue to be the angels as long as they work against MQM. Pity of the sick mindset! Recommend

  • True Karachiwala
    Feb 9, 2015 - 2:35PM

    I think it’s more than what MQM haters were expecting. What else now !!!!!!!?????!!!!!!!!Recommend

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