ISLAMABAD - JAVAID-UR-RAHMAN - Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has almost dropped the idea to hold referendum in the country on ‘Quaid-e-Azam Ka Pakistan Ya Taliban Ka Pakistan’ after facing some threats from Taliban.

MQM had faced certain threats since it announced to hold referendum on the issue across the country, which has almost compelled it to drop this idea to avoid untoward situation, sources in MQM shared with TheNation.

MQM thrice cancelled its dates sharing different reasons for delay on this matter. First the date of its public referendum was revised from 8th November to 14th November in view of the international defence exhibition, being held in Karachi. The 14th November date was also revised due to month of Muharram. The dates for referendum was revised for third time due to worsening law and order situation in the country. Although much excited to hold countrywide referendum in last month (November), sources said, yet adopting new strategy the party might also not declare for dropping its idea.

When contacted, MQM spokesman Wasay Jalil said that law and order situation in the port city is not satisfactory so avoiding untoward situation referendum new dates are yet to decide. “New dates will be shared with the media after deciding it on party level,” he added.

Terming the Taliban’s move of creating ‘state within a state’ as the biggest threat, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had launched the idea to hold referendum across the country.

Quoting the attack on Malala Yousaf Zai incident as was a wakeup call for the nation, MQM argued that the people would have to decide if they want Jinnah’s Pakistan or the Taliban’s Pakistan. Highly critical of the Taliban, MQM said that the militants have challenged Pakistan’s constitution as their party chief Altaf Hussain had warned everyone of rising Talibanisation in the country, and especially in Karachi.

MQM leaders also quoted in their argument that the Supreme Court also demands action against the Taliban, which proves that Altaf Hussain was speaking the truth. They had also said that the referendum will prove that the people are united and want equal rights for minorities and inthis regard, MQM at that time had also started planning to form polling stations across the country so that people could be able to cast their vote from 9am to 5pm.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had last year already announced a countrywide referendum over Abbottabad operation and released 17 questions seeking peoples opinion till May 17. The killing of Osama bin Laden in the unilateral American military action inside Pakistan and the post-operation scenario was raising questions over national security, sovereignty and freedom of the country. The weeklong referendum had carried 17 questions