Fires engulf Pakistan factories, killing 261 workers

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KARACHI (Reuters) - At least 261 people burnt to death as fires swept through two factories in Pakistan, police and government officials said on Wednesday, raising familiar questions about industrial safety in the nuclear-armed South Asian nation. Flames raced through a garment factory in the teeming commercial capital of Karachi, killing 236 people. Weeping relatives in hospitals and morgues heaped criticism on the deeply unpopular government. "People started screaming for their lives," said Mohammad Asif, 20. "Everyone came to the window. I jumped from the third floor. ...