Baldia factory fire: ‘PM can’t influence FIR’, says Minister

KARACHI: The FIR withdrawal against the owners of Baldia town factory- that killed over 250 people- spurred misery among the families of the victims awaiting justice.

As of today, two of the senators walked out of the upper house protesting against the act of Minister of State for Finance Salim Mandviwala, who at first said that the murder charges against the factory owners has been dropped on the directives of PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf but later took back his statement saying that there is no such changes made in the FIR.

An irked Senator and senior PPP member Raza Rabbani condemned the act, meanwhile senator Jahangir Badar said that “Prime minster has no right to amend FIR as it can only be done through the directives of CM of the province”.

Both the leaders demanded justice for the victims and their families.

Besides, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) Executive Director Karamat Ali said the Prime Minister had no authority to change a case that was under trial.

He maintained police cannot change the FIR without the court’s permission either and authorities needed to present an application before the court if they want to remove section 302 from the case.

Earlier, it was reported that the case against Shahid Bhaila and Rashid Bhaila of the Ali Enterprises was withdrawn on PM Raja Pervez Ashraf’s directives, fulfilling his promise he made with office-bearers of Karachi Chamber of Commerce (KCCI).

Meanwhile, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, over a telephone call, conveyed his reservations on the issue to President Asif Ali Zardari.

’21 bodies still unidentified’

After five month of the worst disaster in the country, 21 dead-bodies still remained unidentified in the morgue of Edhi center near Sohrab goth Karachi, reported Aaj news.

The Sindh High Court has been hearing a petition filed by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) and other labour organisations, which have demanded that responsibility be fixed for the tragic incident and the affected families compensated.

The petitioners have also demanded that the process of identifying dozens of victims, who had burned beyond recognition, be expedited and reports of DNA tests submitted so that the painful wait of their legal heirs could come to an end.