Historic Radio Pakistan building in Peshawar vandalised during violent protests over former PM Khan's arrest

Some employees of state-run Radio Pakistan were trapped inside, while police sought to restore order, it said

Burnt remains of the Radio Pakistan building (Photo Courtesy: @ShirazHassan/Twitter)
Burnt remains of the Radio Pakistan building (Photo Courtesy: @ShirazHassan/Twitter)
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Hundreds of angry supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party have vandalised the historic Radio Pakistan building this week after its chief and former premier Imran Khan was arrested on May 9.

Hundreds of violent protesters attacked the Radio Pakistan building in the northwestern city of Peshawar and damaged equipment before setting it ablaze, ARY News reported on Wednesday.

Ousted Prime Minister Khan's arrest on Tuesday in a corruption case sparked violent protests across the country.

Some employees of state-run Radio Pakistan were trapped inside, while police sought to restore order, it said.

Director General of Radio Pakistan, Tahir Hussian confirmed that the building in Peshawar was attacked by violent protesters, the report added. He said that the protesters wreaked havoc in the newsroom and various other sections of the radio station.

"The miscreants entered the newsroom and radio audio room and set fire to the furniture inside," he said, adding that a mob also attacked the staff at the office.

Vehicles parked in the building of Radio Pakistan were also set on fire, while the miscreants damaged and looted government property, including cameras, microphones and other office equipment, it said.

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