Pak elections may be postponed: Official

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Islamabad, Jan 1 (UNI) Pakistan's January 8 general elections may be delayed in consultations with political parties, an official said.

The Election Commission, which held a crucial meeting in Islamabad today, decided to consult political parties on postponing the polls in the wake of deteriorating law and order situation after opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

While Secretary, Election Commission Kanwar Dilshad was reluctant to say that elections will be postponed, one official told UNI the polls would be delayed and might be held sometime after February 11.

He said it seems impossible to hold elections on January 8, as it might further deteriorate the law and order situation.

Mr Dilshad said the commission will consult political parties before taking any decision.

He added that provinces have also sent their reports on whether election should be held or not and they suggested polls should take place after the month of Muharram, beginning January 10.

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