KARACHI: Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has strongly condemned attacks on ARY News offices and a Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) van of Samaa TV in Karachi on Monday.

PBA in its statement expressed serious concerns over the attacks and threats on the media outlets and termed the attacks as dangerous threats to freedom of expression and the independent media.

It further stated that the media must be allowed to perform its duties as empowered by the constitution of Pakistan.

PBA expressed complete solidarity with the affected news channels against these acts of violence and reiterated its demand for providing security to media houses.

Earlier on Monday, MQM activists clashed with police and ransacked ARY News office in the southern port city of Karachi, leaving at least one man dead and seven others injured.

The violence erupted soon after the exiled leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, gave a telephone address to his supporters in which he castigated the media for not giving due coverage of his workers.