KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the ransacking of Aaj television offices in Lahore and Karachi.
In a statement, he said the government believed in freedom of media and such attacks were condemnable.
Reports suggested the channel was attacked by supporters of Mumtaz Qadri over lack of media coverage of the convict’s funeral.
Mobs ransack Hyderabad press club and throw rocks at Aaj TV offices. Qadri supporters protesting lack of media coverage of the funeral.— Khurram Husain (@KhurramHusain) March 4, 2016
Media under attack in different areas, Aaj TV office and DSNG van of Express in Karachi and Hyderabad Press Club.— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) March 4, 2016
However, police said the channel was not targeted.
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"Protesters were moving towards Numaish Chowrangi, who broke windowpanes of one of the cars parked outside the Recorder House," SHO Soldier Bazaar Irshad Soomro told The Express Tribune.
Meanwhile, the Hyderabad Press Club also came under an attack by unidentified protesters.
Unidentified protesters also torched tires near MA Jinnah Road and Naz Plaza in Karachi, and forcibly closed several shops in Saddar’s electronics market, Express News reported.
Traffic jam was witnessed in Saddar, Guru Mandir, Lasbela, Teen Hatti, Regal Chowk, Numaish Chowrangi and Preedy areas of the city.
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