KARACHI: A treason case has been lodged against MQM chief Altaf Hussain on the charges of chanting anti-state slogans and delivering inflammatory speech.
IG Sindh AD Khawaja said in Karachi that all those present at the MQM's hunger strike camp during the speech have also been nominated in the case.
Meanwhile, another case of attacks and arson has also been registered against them.
On Monday, activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) clashed with police and ransacked two private television stations in Karachi, leaving at least one man dead and seven others injured.
The violence erupted soon after exiled leader of the MQM, Altaf Hussain, gave a telephone address to his supporters in which he castigated the media for not giving due coverage of his workers.
During his highly aggressive anti-Pakistan speech, Altaf Hussain not only raised slogans against Pakistan but also called the country a ‘cancer for entire world.’
MQM workers, who had just ended a week-long hunger strike over Rangers crackdown against them, attacked offices of ARY, Neo TV and Samaa’s DSNG after his address from self-imposed exile in London.
MQM workers also clashed with police on the streets, sparking volleys of gunshots and tear gas in several places across the city.
Dozens of men and women barging into ARY's office, smashing doors, windows and equipment with rods and batons and setting fire to several vehicles.
Meanwhile, Rangers arrested MQM's top leader in Karachi, including Farooq Sattar, before a press conference at Karachi Press Club late Monday.
Farooq Sattar and another leader Khawaja Izhar were later released.
Rangers also raided MQM headquarters Nine Zero and other party buildings in Karachi and other cities of Sindh late last night, and sealed the party offices.
DG Rangers and Chief Minister Sindh visited media houses and ensured security to media persons. – Samaa/AFP