KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party’s MNA Mir Munawwar Ali Khan Talpur, Mir Ejaz Hussain Jakhrani and Dr Shahida Rehmani in a joint statement have urged proper understanding among international community about their country’s predicament.
This, they said ought to be complemented by the fact that tight security for polio workers and vaccinators was needed across the country.
The senior political workers attributed the difficult situation Pakistan is currently exposed to terrorism that, they said, has grossly affected its performance in different spheres but pre-dominantly the anti-polio efforts.
This, they said has emerged as the biggest hurdle in the country-wide efforts to wipe out the Polio Virus and hence the international community realising Pakistan’s compulsions must adopt a sympathetic attitude and extend full cooperation to it.
They mentioned with deep concern that the menace of Polio has brought a bad name to Pakistan and the international community had already imposed certain sanctions on locals travelling abroad.
This, they said was despite the fact that Pakistan is a responsible country that had played its dynamic role for the eradication of polio during previous years.
Meanwhile, registering their serious concern and regret with regard to killing of volunteers engaged in anti-polio drive in Quetta, they said such instances must be curtailed at every cost.
They said the terrorist organisations and groups were not only carrying out suicide attacks and bomb explosions but were also bent upon rendering hapless and disabled the underage population of the country.
The PPP MNAs urged upon the religious scholars and administrators of the religious seminaries to come out and play their role for the elimination of the crippling virus known as polio.
They claimed that PPP had during its past tenure diligently performed its role for the elimination of polio virus as the slain leader of PPP Benazir Bhutto was very keen and serious on the issue while her daughter Aseefa Bhutto Zardari was the polio ambassador.
The political activists particulalry emphasised upon the federal and Balochistan governments to enhance security arrangements in vulnerable districts and ensure that every child up to five years of age could be necessarily administered anti-polio vaccine.