Disaster in factory... By Sial
14 September, 2012
The human disaster in a garment factory of Baldia Town, Karachi has resulted in the deaths of more than 300 people. There were strong reports in the electronic and print media that extortion money to the tune of Rs 50 million was demanded from the owner of the factory, Abdul Aziz Bela, and therefore he was compelled to leave the country about 15 days ago. It is very sad that those who introduced extortion money in Karachi on large scale are continuously and daringly posing themselves as custodians of the citizens since a long time. The factory did not meet fire safety criteria. This is not the only case of its kind. Almost all factories fail to meet the standard criteria of safety in Sindh.
People were expecting that the concerned Minister for Industries, Rauf Siddiqi (MQM), by accepting responsibility for the tragedy as it would have been in any civilised country may resign immediately but sorry to note, he had not done it so far and neither there is any possibility of it. Taking cosmetic action is a common practice in this country. In view of such a big human tragedy that took a toll of 300 lives, stern action should be taken against the concerned minister, this time rather immediately as it would set a good example for others to come.
MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL