QUETTA - Members of the Task Force on polio have said that attacks on anti-polio volunteers are against the very spirit of Islam. They also stressed upon the parents to get their children vaccinated as the process is neither against Islamic Sharia nor hazardous to health.
Addressing a news conference at the Press Club here on Sunday, Task Force leaders including Maulana Noorul Haq Haqani, Dr Attaur Rehman, Maulana Abdul Rahim Rahimi and Maulana Abdul Qaqi termed the completion of eradication of polio an emergent need under the approved resolution of World Health Assembly 2012.
“Religious scholars are greatly concerned over the obstacles in the way of anti-polio campaign in some parts of the country,” they said, adding that millions of children were at high risk in Waziristan owing to Dr Shakeel Afridi’s episode, war-like situation and drone attacks.
They said, “We should avoid extremism and not fulfil the agenda of our enemies. Attacks on polio volunteers are barbaric and coward acts which are completely against teachings of Islam,” they maintained.
They demanded the government to compensate families of the heirs of the volunteers martyred during anti-polio campaigns.
They also strongly condemned the US drone attacks in tribal areas in which a large number of innocent people, including children were killed. “It is the responsibility of the government to ensure the security and restore law and order at border areas on permanent basis so that this fatal virus could be defeated,” they stressed.