KARACHI: At least one person was killed and several others injured as protesters allegedly belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) stormed on Monday ARY News office in Karachi for not providing the party with ‘due media coverage’.
“MQM workers attacked the ARY News office in Saddar area, and police resorted to aerial firing to disperse the charged workers,” Express News quoted sources as saying.
JPMC focal person Dr Javed Jamali confirmed the casualty, saying at least nine were injured.
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A motorcycle, and a police mobile was set on fire while shops at Zainab Market and nearby markets were closed.
Major arteries of the city, including Sharah-e-Faisal, II Chundrigar Road also witnessed severe traffic jam after the attack.
MQM stages hunger strike against ‘political’ operation, enforced disappearances
The development came in wake of the party staging a hunger strike at the Karachi Press Club [just a few steps away from the ARY News office] against what it terms as injustices against the party, extrajudicial killings and arrests of its workers and political victimisation.
Murad Ali Shah takes notice
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah called IG Sindh and sought a report on the incident. He directed the Sindh police head to ensure safety and security of the people and journalists.
Masked men created the situation: Ali Raza Abidi
Alluding to a conspiracy against the MQM, MNA Syed Ali Raza Abidi said the “MQM has been protesting since past three years non-violently. Regretfully masked men pre-present at Fawara Chawk created these deplorable scenes.”
He requested party workers to maintain discipline and remain peaceful.
IG Sindh directs DIG South to restore law and order
Meanwhile, IG Sindh police AD Khawaja has directed the DIG south to restore law and order situation on the spot, and take strict action against the miscreants.
According to a statement, the police chief also issued orders to increase police patrolling on the streets, besides providing improved security to all media houses.
Won’t let law and order situation deteriorate in Karachi: DG Rangers
DG Rangers Major Gen Bilal Akbar has said the paramilitary force will not let Karachi law and order situation deteriorate, and will take strict action against those taking law into their hands.
According to a statement, the DG Rangers urged the traders to keep their businesses open and promised to provide protection to them.
PM condemns attack
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack. “It is an attack on freedom of press and expression, he said in a statement.
The premier directed the authorities concerned to bring the culprits to task on an immediate basis.
Courtesy : Express Tribune