Baldia factory fire: Jawad composes special song to pay tributes to workers

KARACHI: Noted singer Jawad Ahmed has composed a special song to honour and remember those who died in the Baldia Factory tragedy and to show solidarity with their bereaved families.

Addressing a joint press conference at Karachi Press Club, Jawad Ahmed along with Executive Director of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) Karamat Ali and other trade union leaders announced a live concert of the song at Labour Square ground in SITE on Sunday December 30, 2012.

“My song is not only a tribute to the deceased workers, but an inspiration with a commitment that no such incident be happened in the future,” he said. This song will be presented at an event where the family members of the victims as well workers from SITE and other surrounding industrial areas of Karachi will be attending.

The lyrics express the voice of every worker who lost her or his life in this incident. They not only express their suffering but also provide a reflection of the circumstances in which workers work and offer their labour to society. Jawad Ahmad said his team will record a video at the event which will be officially released at a later date. Similar concerts would also be held in all the industrial cities of the country. The next one would be held at Faisalabad by early next year, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Karamat Ali drew attention of the media towards one of the most horrific accident in Pakistan’s industrial history in which more than 300 workers lost their lives because of absence of occupational health and safety facilities at the work place. It has been more than three months since this tragedy occurred and people are now forgetting it. “We want to keep these memories alive until the working conditions are made better across the country,” he remarked. Despite this, many families of the victims are still struggling hard to identify the burnt bodies of their loved ones or find a clue of the missing, he added.

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