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Protesters Attack TV Station In Pakistani City Of Karachi

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard near the dismantled makeshift tents of the supporters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) political party after a protest, in Karachi on August 22.

Police have clashed with protesters who attacked TV stations in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi, leaving one person dead and eight wounded.

Supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) marched on two TV stations and torched three vehicles on August 22.

The MQM supporters rushed to the TV stations after a speech broadcast from London by the party’s self-exiled leader, Altaf Hussein, who accused the media of failing to cover a six-day hunger strike protesting the recent arrest of party members.

Senior police officer Saqib Ismail said police fired tear gas and arrested 12 people.

A local hospital official said one person was killed and eight others were wounded, two by gunshots.

The MQM has held sway over Karachi for years. Opponents and others, including the police, have accused the party of links, allegations the MQM have denied.

Based on reporting by Reuters