Attack on polio team martyrs two ladies

Staff Report
Friday - January 19, 2018
QUETTA: Prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Thursday, condemned the attack on polio team in Salkot which resulted in the martyrdom of two ladies, observed that polio teams are rendering a huge national service to save children from the crippling disease and directed Balochistan government to provide comprehensive security cover to polio teams; an official statement said.

According to detail, Sakeena bibi with her daughter Rizwana bibi were martyred by two unidentified motorcycle riders as both were vaccinating children during an on-going national campaign against polio.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and intense search is underway to find the culprits.

PM has called for a report on the incident from Balochistan chief secretary and inspector general (IG).

He further directed the concerned authorities to make every possible effort for apprehending the culprits involved in the incident.

Abbasi grieved, “Attack on these dedicated workers, risking their lives for their nation, is an attack on our future.”

Meanwhile, national health regulations and coordination (NHRC) minister Saira Afzal Tarrar and PM’s focal person for polio eradication Ayesha Raza Farooq, on Thursday, strongly condemned the cowardly attack on innocent polio workers in Balochistan, Tarrar reiterated that these terrorists are afraid of Pakistan’s progress in the fight against polio.

She said that international bodies like independent monitoring board (IMB) and technical advisory group (TAG) and various donors and world nations have commended Pakistan’s progress.

“Certain enemies of Pakistan do not want us to eradicate polio from our country but let me tell them that our resolve cannot be defeated by such cowardly acts of terrorism,” Tarrar added.

Balochistan chief minister (CM) Mir Abdul Qadoos Bazinjo condoled with the family and ordered the police to arrest the culprits at the earliest.

Pakistan Polio programme has made great stride in the past couple of years as from 306 reported polio cases in 2014, incumbent has recorded 8 cases in 2017. All this progress is a testament to the dedication, hard work and sacrifices of front line health workers, security personnel and support staff.

Raza while paying rich tributes to the martyrs said, “We salute all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in this national cause, and would like to remind the nation that we will not let their sacrifice go waste rather will fulfil their dream by defeating polio from Pakistan.”