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Pakistan seals offices of ethnic party accused of violence

  • Pakistani police commandos stand guard in local media office, after an attack by supporters of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Pakistani officials say protesters have attacked TV stations and clashed with police in the southern city of Karachi, leaving one person dead and eight others wounded, including three media workers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    Pakistani police commandos stand guard in local media office, after an attack by supporters of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Pakistani officials say protesters have attacked TV stations and clashed with police in the southern city of Karachi, leaving one person dead and eight others wounded, including three media workers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Activists of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement clash with police in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Pakistani officials say protesters have attacked TV stations and clashed with police in the southern city, leaving one person dead and eight others wounded, including three media workers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    Activists of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement clash with police in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Pakistani officials say protesters have attacked TV stations and clashed with police in the southern city, leaving one person dead and eight others wounded, including three media workers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Farooq Sattar, left, leader of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement argues with officer of Pakistan Rangers in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Pakistani officials say protesters have attacked TV stations and clashed with police in the southern city of Karachi, leaving one person dead and eight others wounded, including three media workers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    Farooq Sattar, left, leader of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement argues with officer of Pakistan Rangers in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. Pakistani officials say protesters have attacked TV stations and clashed with police in the southern city of Karachi, leaving one person dead and eight others wounded, including three media workers. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistan's paramilitary Rangers have shuttered the offices of an ethnic party accused of violence after overnight clashes in Karachi left one person dead and eight wounded.

Brig. Khurram Shahzad says the troops raided and sealed several offices of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in the port city of Karachi, Hyderabad and elsewhere in the country on Tuesday. He says some weapons were found and confiscated.

MQM supporters had attacked TV stations and clashed with police in Karachi after their self-exiled leader, Altaf Hussain, broadcast a speech against the Pakistani government from London on Monday night.

The MQM has a history of violent protests and clashes with police and rival political parties in Karachi.

The Rangers, a paramilitary force that polices Karachi, also arrested a number of local MQM leaders and lawmakers.