Baldia factory fire accused Rehman Bhola brought to Pakistan


The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) team brought Abdul Rahman alias Bhola to Jinnah International Airport in Karachi from Bangkok, sources said on Tuesday. Rahman is one of the main accused in Baldia factory inferno case which claimed more than 250 lives.

According to sources, the FIA will start initial investigation and then hand him to authorities.

A two-member FIA went to Thailand on Sunday to get custody of Abdul Rahman. After reaching Thailand the team requested access to Bhola, who was under treatment at a hospital of Bangkok prison for having kidney problems.

The FIA had constituted a two-member team comprising Deputy Director Badar Baloch and Inspector Rehmatullah Domki for Bhola’s extradition to Pakistan, sources had informed. The team arrived in Thailand along with documents and legal records pertaining to the Baldia factory tragedy, for taking custody of Rahman alias Bhola.

Earlier in his initial statement to the Interpol in Bangkok, Bhola had maintained himself as a ‘political worker affiliated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement,’ sources within the Federal Investigation Agency had told private publication house.

He was rounded up from Bangkok by the Interpol on December 03, upon the request of Pakistani authorities.

On November 28 during hearing of the Baldia factory fire case, an anti-terrorism court had grilled authorities for not being able to arrest Hammad Siddiqui and Rahman alias Bhola.

The court had ordered the interior ministry to arrest fugitives with the help of Interpol. Subsequent investigations led to revelations that the factory was deliberately set ablaze over non-payment of extortion money.

Abdul Rahman alias Bhola arrested in Bangkok by Interpol was an illegal immigrant, it was learnt. Abdul Rahman travelled to Bangkok from Malaysia aided by human smugglers.

Forty-seven-year old Abdur Rahman made his first passport in 2009 on which he traveled to Dubai. Immediately after the Baldia Factory fire incident Rahman got a residence visa for Dubai. In June 2014, a new passport was issued from Dubai. This passport is valid till January 2019.

Paksarzameen Party (PSP) and MQM-Pakistan (MQM-P) in separate statements had refuted allegations that Rahman was once associated with their parties.

MQM-P leader Rauf Siddiqui speaking to journalists in Karachi said that he could neither accept nor deny that Rahman was associated to MQM.

Whereas, PSP Chief Mustafa Kamal said that Rahman was not a member of his party. “He was arrested from outside Pakistan and he was never a part of PSP,” he said.