Malik Heights fire: Owner forgives arsonist behind the attack

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, Jun 7th 2019 at 12:37
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The owners of Al Husnain Motors, a car dealership that suffered losses after a huge fire at Malik Heights building, have forgiven the suspect behind the attack.

Speaking during a TV interview, the owner Ahmed Siddique, through his brother, Shahid Siddique, stated that the family had no choice but to bounce back despite the over Sh600 million loss.

Further, he stated that he had forgiven the arsonist behind the attack as the law would take its course.

“We have decided to reopen it although we lost more than 65 luxury cars. There is no insurance for the building and there is no insurance for the cars.

“This is a family business. We have worked very hard for the last 22-25 years,” he said.

Asked whether the suspect was bitter over payment, Shahid maintained that they always paid him in good time.

“We did not owe him a single shilling. He used to bring customers and we would give him commission based on sales.

“We will forgive him and let the law take its course,” he remarked.

The Pakistani businessman also distanced the family from illegal trade saying they were engaging in any dubious deals the government would have caught up with them.

Earlier this week, CCTV footage at the premise showed a man, who was later identified as a former employee at the premise, holding a jerrican and sprinkling what was believed to be petrol before lighting the fire.

Police are yet to determine his motive.

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