Polio workers killed: President orders inquiry

Published: December 19, 2012
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Zardari says workers were instrumental in the eradication of the crippling disease from the country. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Zardari says workers were instrumental in the eradication of the crippling disease from the country. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

KARACHI: 

President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on polio field workers in Karachi and Peshawar and directed the chief secretaries of Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to conduct an enquiry and submit the reports within 48 hours.

Paying tribute to the services rendered by the polio field teams, the president said they have been instrumental in the eradication of the crippling disease from the country.

He directed all concerned to provide polio teams foolproof security so that they could continue the campaign without any hindrance.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2012.

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  • Jibran
    Dec 19, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Any regret or condemnation from the PTI, PML-N, or the Mullahs? The nexus between these three and their insane sympathizers has pushed the country to the brink.

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  • Eddie dex
    Dec 19, 2012 - 6:45PM

    How completely sick and twisted do you have to be to kill health workers trying to save children from a terrible disease….these animals cannot be reeducated they must be eliminated…

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  • Wajib
    Dec 19, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Always look at who will benefit most… in this case the entity that benefits most if polio resurges is india so this is clearly the handiwork of RAW.

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  • Moosa Khan
    Dec 19, 2012 - 7:42PM

    Mr. President, we need swift actions against such culprits, not so called and over-beaten inquires or committees which had never produced any results ever. Give full protection to all the devoted citizens under your rule. Best to check own sleeves first.

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 19, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Illiterate mindset in Pakistan wants to push the country in dark. This mindset must know that Pakistan is not property of their foreigner fathers. Pakistan is only for Pakistanis and this mindset should go out from Pakistan with their ugly faces, dirty thoughts and Black Evil Activities. In this Country they can not achieve their goals...!
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  • Uzair
    Dec 19, 2012 - 8:23PM

    @Wajib’s comment: I am not one for censorship but must we see such asinine remarks as this one:
    QUOTE:
    Always look at who will benefit most… in this case the entity that benefits most if polio resurges is india so this is clearly the handiwork of RAW.
    UNQUOTE

    I mean, seriously! India or any other neighboring nation would have be utterly completely barking mad to want their neighbor to have polio epidemics. By doing so they would only put themselves at risk.

    The conspiracy theory love of our people is the reason why the taliban continue to have support and continue to thrive and wreak their murderous havoc.

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  • Kashif Dada
    Dec 19, 2012 - 8:26PM

    Karachi is in political transition, the next few months are extremely critical for its future; so! any project which seemingly is against Taliban’s ideology should be halt as an attack on it may mess up everything

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  • manish
    Dec 19, 2012 - 8:43PM

    @Wajib:
    Kya wajib baat ki hai, Miyan aapne.
    Allah aapko salamat rakhe.

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  • Saleem
    Dec 19, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Tsunami khan will blame US drone attacks for the murderous actions of taliban terrorists and so will his supporters and sympathisers. Shameless hypocritesRecommend

  • gp65
    Dec 19, 2012 - 9:11PM

    @Wajib: “Always look at who will benefit most… in this case the entity that benefits most if polio resurges is india so this is clearly the handiwork of RAW.”

    I am shocked by this comment and by the people who supposedly Like this comment. India has barely got rid of polio in 2010 after huge effort. How can it benefit India to have a neighbour still have polio with the potential risk of reintroducing this horrible illness in India?

    You are so keen to protect the Taliban who attack you and take credit that you will blame anyone else. In doing so, your problems go from bad to worse.Recommend

  • shahid
    Dec 19, 2012 - 9:20PM

    @Wajib:you yourself look like a raw agent or the most stupid person on earth.

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  • Shaista
    Dec 19, 2012 - 10:17PM

    @ Saleem: This is a just an absurd lie. This is what Imran Khan had to say “The killing of five polio workers is outrageous. What kind of twisted mindset would target those fighting disease. Condemn these sick criminals”. Stop spreading lies and be ashamed.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 19, 2012 - 10:35PM

    ‘ orders an enquiry’……………in other words he is least bothered.

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  • Sudheer
    Dec 19, 2012 - 11:05PM

    There are two mysteries that I couldn’t understand about Pakistan, despite of my frantic googling. First, how come that a leader (Altaf Hussain) living thousands of kms away is able to lead & control his political party(MQM), with such an authority and sway? The second is, why the Mullahs or Taliban oppose polio vaccination, whereas they themselves use the modern medicine, mostly invented by the western world? Google told me that the Mullahs consider polio vaccination is a ploy of the western world to make Muslims infertile or worse impotent. But, I can’t digest the answer. Certainly, Talibans know (given the fact that they are tech savvy) that, the whole world has been vaccinated, without any negative impact and declared free of polio menace, except three countries, i.e. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Then, why oppose it? What are the political or military benefits they expect to derive out of it? I don’t understand.
    I think this is something we, non-Muslims don’t understand. If anyone can shed light on this mysterious issue, would be appreciated by many.

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  • Wajib
    Dec 19, 2012 - 11:06PM

    @all naive reactions to my simple deduction – answer this please – is it sane to hijack one’s own planes, blast one’s own trains, attack hotels, cafes and even one’s own parliament, just to put Pakistan in a spot? Obviously not – and yet india has been caught doing these insane deeds to its own people over and over again.

    Do you think vhp, rss and their cadres inside indian intelligence are sane – do you think they care about the possibility of polio spreading beyond borders – they are rabid Pakistan haters and would do any thing to hurt us irrespective of consequences – this is chankiyaniti

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  • Hassan
    Dec 19, 2012 - 11:21PM

    How many inquiries are pending with no solution. It is meaningless

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  • Sudheer
    Dec 20, 2012 - 12:47AM

    @Wajib
    all naive reactions to my simple deduction – answer this please – is it sane to hijack one’s own planes, blast one’s own trains, attack hotels, cafes and even one’s own parliament, just to put Pakistan in a spot? Obviously not – and yet india has been caught doing these insane deeds to its own people over and over again.
    “India has been caught doing these insane………over and over again……” Wow, how did you catch India sir? While working for Zahid Hamid’s “Security Consultancy”? Or while sleeping (of course, without any “sleeping aids”) and dreaming about “Khilafat”?
    Unfortunately for you sir, we Indians, suffer from insomnia and are aware of everything that goes on in our country and abroad, including Pakistan, a country with full of “sane” people like you!!

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  • MJ
    Dec 20, 2012 - 1:44AM

    When will the people of Pakistan rise and say enough is enough and get rid of the Taliban? Can anyone tell me one positive thing that this group has contributed to in our society? Please don’t give me the line that they defeated USSR because these particular idiots did not.

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  • Syed
    Dec 20, 2012 - 2:56AM

    Zardari and his party should quit government because terrorism has reached sky high in their term. Unfortunately for us Pakistanis all the rest of the political parties are just as corrupt and insincere.

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  • Dawn
    Dec 20, 2012 - 3:32AM

    @ Wajib , people like yourself are the reason we are , where we are . Till people like you , who are unfortunately in majority change their mind set , we wouldn’t be able to do anything good for our self.

    OK ,for a bit if I agree with you , do you have answer , that if it was done by some one else , not Taliban and they put blame on poor talibans , then why not those good Talibans come forward and take responsibility of those health care workers protection not only in Karachi but specially in the areas where they are in majority .

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  • Something Clever
    Dec 20, 2012 - 8:08AM

    @Wajib:
    Sometimes people are so dumb they think they’re smart.
    You’re a fine example.
    Yes, I decided to say that instead of addressing your comment. Not because I can’t destroy your argument but because people like you base things they say on a foundation of fantasy. You can’t change someone’s delusional thoughts with facts and debate because they don’t require reality to confirm or deny the validity of that delusion. The imagination gives someone infinite ability to stay dumb if they want to bad enough.

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