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Imran Khan appeals militants to favour anti-polio campaign

December 19, 2013 at 1:01 am | News Desk

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PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has appealed the Taliban groups for stop targeting polio workers across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province including the tribal areas.

PTI chief Imran Khan has said that polio workers are Mujahids and the people targeting the workers are not doing no service to humanity, Islam and Pakistan.

PTI Chief appealed to Taliban groups not to attack polio workers.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief, Imran Khan started his polio campaign in Akora Khattak, Nowshera on Wednesday. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak and Secretary General of PTI Jahangir Tareen were also present on this occasion.

The PTI chairman spoke to local residents about polio and how important it is to tackle the disease. “If polio is not dealt with in time and if it spreads, no local resident will be able to leave KP and go abroad to work,” he said.

While declaring that he will personally head this campaign, Imran stated “If the right measures are taken, polio will be eradicated from Pakistan in the next three months.”

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The PTI Chairman had decided last week to kick off this polio campaign himself, as terrorists continued their attacks on polio teams in the tribal areas.

Imran said it would be an attempt to boost the morale of polio workers who are constantly facing threats to their lives.

He spoke about the dangers polio workers and police face while administrating polio vaccinations. He said “whoever is targeting polio workers and policemen, is committing an injustice towards Islam, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan.”

He lamented that “Polio is a disease that has been terminated worldwide and now only exists in Pakistan…our children’s future depends on polio vaccines.”

Imran Khan appealed to Taliban groups not to attack polio workers. While talking on the occasion, He paid tribute to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police for making sacrifices and their courage, saying that the provincial government would not leave the relatives of the martyrs alone.

PTI Chief said that to bring peace in the country is not possible without stopping the drone strikes. He said that there can be no peace dialogues unless the drones are stopped. He also appealed to the Taliban to come to dialogues.

Imran Khan said that dialogues have been underway with the India for 60 years for resolving the Kashmir issue.

He further said that no dialogues were held for nine years and operation was continued and consequently, one group of Taliban multiplied into 55 groups. He said that the US sabotaged the dialogues through drone strike even the dialogues were yet to start.

Speaking to media after meeting JUI-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, the PTI chairman said if polio was not eliminated, no country would allow the entry of Pakistanis.

According to the PTI chairman, with the right measures polio would be eradicated within three months and the future of children would be at risk if they were not administered polio drops.

Imran Khan said that PTI stopped NATO supplies for peace, emphasizing that progress in Pakistan is not possible until drone attacks stopped.

Imran Khan denounced attacks on polio team as inhuman and urged Taliban militants to let the government run a vaccination campaign to save children from lifelong disabilities.

He announced that PTI would join hands with Maulan Sami ul Haq to run the anti-polio drive in the province.

Imran Khan said that federal government should get the drone strikes stopped. PTI Chief asked the JUI-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq to use his influence for holding dialogues with the Taliban. He said that there would be no investment and employment in the country unless there would be peace in the country.

Earlier, he opened the campaign by administering polio drops to a child at Akora Khattak. He said that people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would not be allowed to travel abroad if the deadly virus was not contained in the country.

 “Pakistan is being subjected to injustice by not allowing children to have polio drops,” he said.

He also called upon people to wage a struggle to eliminate the virus from the country for the sake of their children’s future.

He said that polio would be eliminated from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the next three months if proper measures were taken.

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