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February 9, 2015

Call for action against Karachi factory fire accused

Lahore

 
February 9, 2015

LAHORE
The killing of 258 workers in a garments factory fire in Baldia Town Karachi in an alleged terrorism act has been highlighted by an independent inquiry after one year of the tragic incident. The accused of the killings should be tried under Anti-Terrorism Act and given exemplary punishment for their crime against innocent workers with the greed of Bhutta (extortion). This statement was issued by trade union leader Khurshid Ahmad, general-secretary of All Pakistan Workers Confederation on Sunday. He declared that the investigation highlighted how innocent workers were burnt to death while the government machinery remained ignorant for more than a year. He demanded the PM to reject the move of Privatization Commission of Pakistan and not to withdraw lawful 121/2 pc share granted to the workers under Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme (BESOS) in state-owned enterprises by the previous government. He warned that any move against the fundamental rights of the workers would be contested by the working class. He also demanded the government should introduce reforms in state owned national public utilities.