A Joint Investigation Crew report has discovered that the Baldia City manufacturing facility fireplace of September 2012 was not an accident or an act of homicide however a case of ‘deliberate terrorism’. The JIT, comprising officers from high safety companies together with the CIA, police, Rangers and the FIA, has mentioned in its 27-page report that the incident confirmed police connivance in defending these accountable and that this can be a sample seen time and again within the nation. The report has named two members of the MQM as being chargeable for starting the inferno which killed 260 employees on the manufacturing facility and injured others after manufacturing facility employees refused to pay an quantity of Rs200 million demanded as extortion or ‘bhatta’.
The JIT report has mentioned that the earlier FIR filed within the case must be scrapped and a brand new one lodged by the state beneath sections of the PPC and the Anti-Terrorism Act. The report has additionally demanded that members of the get together it has discovered primarily chargeable for the incident must be extradited and introduced house if they’re in different international locations and positioned on the ECL if they’re nonetheless in Pakistan. It has additionally sought compensation for the homeowners of the manufacturing facility who had been initially blamed by the police for setting the constructing on fireplace. The report notes that the police seemed to be defending these actually chargeable for the mass killing of harmless folks and that to make sure these individuals are dropped at justice, you will need to present safety to witnesses of the incident. The failure to show circumstances earlier than courts has been a cause for culprits of main crimes getting away time and again prior to now. Witnesses are sometimes too afraid to testify due to potential penalties within the absence of safety.
What’s most vital in regards to the JIT report is its discovering that many individuals tried to affect the method of investigation with a view to profit particular folks. That is disturbing. The fireplace was an act of utmost violence and inhumanity in opposition to individuals by no means concerned within the matter. It was some of the heinous tragedies to occur in Pakistan, or wherever else for that matter. The ‘bhatta’ rackets in Karachi are well-known and have been the bane of the enterprise group for years. We are able to solely hope that the JIT report will assist convey this unholy enterprise to an finish and eradicate the political parts behind it. It must also result in an investigation into the failure of the police to keep away from stress and to crumble beneath it by submitting a report which suited specific individuals. The police investigation mannequin that we’ve got been following wants an intensive evaluation; simply blaming the police isn’t going to work, except the federal government allocates acceptable quantities for police coaching, labs and forensic experience growth. The facility of the mafias that run Karachi is well-known. We hope this report can result in motion in opposition to these chargeable for the brutal act of mass homicide and maybe dissuade others from finishing up comparable crimes sooner or later. Solely on this can there be hope for Karachi and its folks.