KARACHI: Only women and the elderly persons were allowed to enter the Muttahida Qaumi Movement's Yadgar-e-Shuhada at Azizabad, a move which resulted in vehement protest by workers.

Workers, including women, protested outside the memorial and demanded that they be let in, while heavy contingents of Rangers guarded the area.

Rangers’ crackdown also gained intensity as more than 129 MQM offices have been demolished in the metropolis.

After MQM founder’s August 22 anti-Pakistan speech, 218 party offices have been sealed, including the party headquarters Nine Zero.

Apart from this, an inner rift resulted in formation of two factions - Pakistan and London, with Farooq Sattar holding the reins and severing ties from London, especially party founder Altaf Hussain.