KARACHI - Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday extended the date of its public referendum from November 8 to 14 in view of the International Defence Exhibition being held in Karachi.

The Defence Exhibition Ideas 2012 is organised by the armed forces each year in which military equipment, arms and ammunition are put on display. This year the exhibition is being held from November 7 to 11 and several defence-related seminars will also be held on this occasion. Sindh Rangers Director General Maj-Gen Rizwan Akhtar requested Governor Ishratul Ebad to reconsider the date of the referendum in view of the current situation and the defence exhibition.

The governor brought this to the notice of Altaf Hussain who convened a meeting of the Coordination Committee in London and Pakistan and put the suggestion before them.

The Coordination Committee unanimously decided to hold the referendum on November 14 throughout the country.