KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal denied that his party had any link with Abdul Rehman alias Bhola, a prime suspect who was arrested in connection with the Baldia factory fire in Bangkok on Saturday, Aaj News reported.
According to the reports, Kamal was in Lahore to meet party office bearers and workers. Kamal told reporters upon arriving in Lahore, “Bhola was never a member of PSP, we categorically deny this claim. Anyone can download and fill the party form off the internet.”
Abdul Rehman, 46, was detained at a hotel in the red light district Nana area of the capital on Friday evening, said Thailand’s Interpol chief.
“Thai Interpol tracked this suspect following an arrest warrant sought by the Pakistani authorities,” Major General Apichart Suriboonya told AFP.
According to the reports, he will be repatriated as soon as Pakistan is ready. Rehman was suspected of being part of a criminal gang that was extorting the owners of a Karachi garment factory. The gang burned down the factory when the owners refused to pay seven million baht ($200,000), he said. The fire at the Ali Enterprises factory in September 2012 was one of Pakistan’s worst industrial disasters.
Earlier, sources revealed that Abdul Rehman alias Bhola is a member of Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP). But PSP chief denied this claim.