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BANGKOK: Former Sector Incharge of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, who was a key suspect in Baldia factory fire case, was finally captured in Bangkok.

Police suspected the man, Abdul Rehman alias Bhola started the devastating factory fire in Karachi four years ago.

Bhola, 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. He will be repatriated as soon as Pakistan is ready.

He 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.

A judicial probe into the blaze was damning, pointing to a lack of emergency exits, poor safety training for workers, the packing in of machinery and the failure of government inspectors to spot any of these faults.

Initially the fire was believed to be an accident.

A murder case was registered against the factory owners, but it never came to trial.

Earlier this year police said they now believed an extortion gang was behind the blaze, naming Abdul Rehman as the suspect who allegedly lit the fire.

Much of the factory’s garment output went to the German company KIK, who have paid out nearly two million dollars in compensation to the victims’ families.

Meanwhile, reports said he was a former sector incharge of MQM who later joined Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) as his membership form surfaced on media.
However, the party denied his association.

Former Karachi mayor and leader of PSP, Syed Mustafa Kamal denied reports that Rehman Bhola, was his party’s member.

“Rehman has never part of the PSP. Our membership form can be found on our website. Anyone can download and have it filled,” he explained.

However, further investigations will go ahead as the accused will be presented in the court in Karachi.

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