Altaf appeals to COAS for an honest inquiry into Baldia fire tragedy

LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday appealed to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to conduct an honest inquiry into the Baldia Town factory fire tragedy.

The MQM chief said that a three-member committee constituted by the army should carry out the inquiry to keep the Army Chief informed.

He went on to say that a special chowk (roundabout) should be made in front of the factory where the culprits involved in the tragedy should all be hanged.

Earlier today, a non-bailable arrest warrant was issued for Investigating Officer (IO) Sub-Inspector Jehanzeb by Additional District and Sessions Judge Karachi West, Naushaba Kazi during a hearing of the tragedy case.

The court questioned why the IO was not present and also issued an order to freeze his salary.

On February 16, the main public prosecutor in the case, Shazia Hanjra, announced that she was withdrawing from the trial.

Hanjra maintained that she did not have the support of the IO and could not continue the case any further.