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Pakistan

Web Desk
December 8, 2017

UAE hands over MQM's Hammad Siddiqui to Pakistan

Pakistan

Web Desk
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

KARACHI:   Hammad Siddiqui,  a key member the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and suspected of involvement in  Baldia factory fire that killed hundreds of  laborers in 2012, has been handed over to Pakistan by United Arab  Emirates.

 Geo TV on Friday reported that Siddiqui was handed over to officials  from  Pakistan's intelligence officials .

The suspect has been   transfered to Karachi for interrogation, the  TV  quoted unnamed  sources as saying.

The MQM activists was arrested by UAE authorities in October. The Pakistan Embassy has been approached by the police for his extradition.

A court, hearing Baldia factory tragedy, had issued red warrants for Siddiqui in January 2017. 

He is wanted in several cases by the Karachi police including kidnapping, killing and extortion.

In September 2012, over 250 people were burnt alive at a factory situated in Karachi's Baldia Town.

 Subsequent investigations led to revelations that the factory was deliberately set ablaze over non-payment of extortion money. Some MQM leaders were implicated in the case as well.

Another prime suspect in the case, Abdul Rehman alias Bhola, had confessed that he set the factory on fire on the orders of Hammad Siddiqui, who was an influential Karachi leader of MQM.

Bhola was rounded up from Bangkok by the Interpol on December 03 last year.