Baldia factory arson: Prime accused ‘Bhola’, ‘Chariya’ challenge sentences in SHC

Two MQM workers, Zubair aka Chariya and Abdul Rehman aka Bhola, moved on Wednesday appeals in the Sindh High Court (SHC) challenging their conviction in the high-profile Baldia factory fire case.

The two convicts were sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on September 22, filed appeals through their lawyers requesting the high court to strike down their conviction.

The appellants stated in their pleas that the ATC ignored key evidence while deciding the case.

MQM leaders including Rauf Siddiqui, Umar Hasan Qadri, Dr Abdul Sattar Khan and Iqbal Adeeb Khanum were acquitted in the case over lack of evidence.

Four other individuals were also convicted on charges of facilitating the heinous crime.