Karachi: At least one person died and many others were injured as demonstrators belonging to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) ransacked the ARY and Samaa News channels offices, the media reported on Monday.
Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre spokesperson Dr Javed Jamali confirmed the causality and said that nine others were injured.
The MQM protestors attacked the media houses for not giving coverage to their six-day long hunger strike in front of Karachi Press Club (KPC).
According to the sources, the MQM workers also set a police mobile and a bike on fire. Moreover, a cameraman of Samaa News and reporter of Dunya News Fahad Qamar have also been injured in the incident. The cameraman of Samaa News is said in serious condition.
The protestors pelted stones at the police, due to which two police officials have been wounded.
Meanwhile, the incidents of firing by the MQM workers happened in the Zainab Market Karachi after which furious mob attempted to set ablaze Samaa News DSNG. The masses of Karachi are waiting for rangers to help them protect against MQM high handedness.
It is pertinent to mention here that the MQM workers were observing the ‘hunger strike till death’ for six days against the raids of Rangers on their homes and offices.
The development came after the MQM chief Altaf Hussain addressed the party workers here on Monday (today) and directed them to quit the hunger strike. The workers after quitting the hunger strike went on to rampage the city and assaulted the media houses, the sources claimed.
In his address to the members of MQM, Altaf Hussain had urged them to take steps against the honorable judges and said that when he would come in power, he would count each of them for their decisions.
Separately, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah called Inspector General of Police and sought a report on the incident. Meanwhile, he directed the Sindh police head to ensure safety and security of the people and journalists.
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.
MNA Syed Ali Raza Abidi said the “MQM has been protesting since the last three years non-violently. There were some masked men at Fawara Chawk who created these scenes.”
The director general of Rangers has condemned the incident and said that justice would be done to the responsible people for the incident.
On the other hand, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chief Mustafa Kamal while addressing an emergency press conference on Monday criticized MQM head over agitating his party workers to hit the streets and for speaking against heads of various institutions. He also condemned today’s incident and held Altaf Hussain responsible for storming the media houses.