Rehman Bhola’s namesake finds himself on Exit Control List


KARACHI: Namesake of the prime suspect in Baldia Town factory fire incident Rehman Bhola is unable to travel abroad since the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has put Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) official Rehman Bhola’s name in the Exit Control List (ECL).

The namesake Rehman Bhola is a trader in Karachi and was named Abdul Rehman at birth. His parents had nicknamed him Bhola and the coincidence of his name with that of the suspected MQM arsonist has put him in trouble.

Abdul Rehman made an appeal in Sindh High Court (SHC) to look into this misunderstanding. He said that an examination of his mother’s national identity card would immediately remove all suspicion related to his being the charged arsonist. In response, the court has summoned the federal secretary of interior ministry, the attorney general and FIA representatives to court to lay the matter at rest.

The Baldia fire incident of 2012 had killed nearly 250 people after a horrific fire erupted in a factory. The Joint Investigation Team formed to investigate the matter revealed that MQM officials Rehman “Bhola” and Hammad Siddique had been responsible for the “accident”.

Later in December last year, Rehman Bhola confessed to his crime and named Hammad Siddiqui as the one he was following the orders of in setting the factory on fire.