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ATC awards death sentence to two MQM workers in Baldia factory fire case; Rauf Siddiqui acquittedP

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi on Tuesday sentenced two MQM workers, Zubair aka Charya and Abdul Rehman aka Bhola, to death in the high-profile Baldia factory fire case — eight years after the blaze claimed hundreds of lives.

The court acquitted MQM leader Rauf Siddiqui, then-provincial minister for commerce and industries, according to his lawyer Abid Zaman. Three others, including Iqbal Adeel Khanum and Dr Abdul Sattar Khan, were also acquitted by the court.

The factory’s four gatekeepers — Shahrukh, Fazal Ahmed, Arshad Mehmood and Ali Mohammad — were convicted for facilitation.

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