The Straits Times
Published on Nov 11, 2012

Pakistan party postpones Taleban 'referendum'


KARACH (AFP) - Pakistan's secular political party on Saturday postponed its unofficial nationwide "referendum" asking people whether they want their country to follow the ideology of the Taleban or the vision of the nation's founder.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), an ally of the ruling Pakistan People's Party, wanted the referendum to highlight people's sentiments against the Taleban, but has now postponed it in the wake of the Muslim holy month Muharram.

"Our co-ordination committee has decided to further extend the date of the referendum in respect of the month of Muharram," said an MQM statement after the referendum was postponed for a second time.

The party did not provide a future date for the poll, which had originally been scheduled for November 8 but was first delayed because of a defence products' exhibition in the city of Karachi.