The Straits Times
Published on Sep 13, 2012

Murder case registered against Pakistan fire factory owners


KARACHI (AFP) - Police in Karachi have registered a murder case against the owners of a garment factory where a fire killed at least 289 people in the country's worst ever industrial disaster, officers said on Thursday.

A case has been filed against Abdul Aziz, Mohammad Arshad and Shahid Bhaila and other members of the management of Ali Enterprises, Mr Mohammad Nawaz Gondal, the head of the local police station, told AFP.

"We have registered a murder case against the owners of the factory and several government officials for showing utter negligence to provide adequate security to the factory workers, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people," Mr Gondal said.

A senior Karachi police officer, Mr Naeem Akram, confirmed the move. Police are hunting for the factory owners, who have not been seen since the blaze, which erupted late on Tuesday.