Imran Khan vows to lead K-P polio campaign himself

Published: December 13, 2013
Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, addresses a protest rally in Peshawar on November 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Imran Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, addresses a protest rally in Peshawar on November 23, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has decided to spearhead the anti-polio programme in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa next week.

The PTI Chairman decided to kick off this fresh campaign himself against polio, as terrorists continued their attacks on polio teams in the tribal areas. PTI leaders said it would be an attempt to boost the morale of polio workers who are constantly facing threats to their lives.

“Unless Pakistan can show serious resolve in carrying out its anti-polio programme, it stands in danger of being quarantined internationally – which will impact all Pakistanis travelling abroad including Pakistani labour,” Khan said in an official statement.

Khan said that he would spearhead the anti-polio programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa starting next week on behalf of the PTI, as “this debilitating but preventable disease must be eradicated to save our future generations from being disabled”.

The PTI Chairman called on all the political and religious leadership to join him and personally take a lead role in furthering the anti-polio drive.

He strongly condemned the continuing targeting of polio teams and their police escorts, including the latest incident in Swabi and Khyber Agency.

He called on the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the federal government which is responsible for Federally Administered Tribal Areas, to take action to arrest the killers and to provide better security so that the anti-polio programme continues successfully.

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Reader Comments (47)

    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:22PM

    We love you Pakistan Khan. 180 million people and only 1 Imran Khan.


  • Hammad
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:26PM

    Now that’s something for which I’m willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with Imran Khan and PTI.


  • tattu mian
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:29PM

    better late than neverRecommend

  • Jibran
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:29PM

    Please for God’s sake do something. We are losing the war against polio. You and your militant partners have reversed all the gains we made in the 1990s. BTW, any plans on arresting the killers of the polio teams? Or the terrorists will continue to enjoy immunity.


  • Adil
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:29PM

    Why does Imran khan have to do everything in the country!! Why don’t our other political leaders, or shall I say cheaters realise what needs to be done. I personally feel failing the polio drives was a very well planned conspiracy against Pakistan which is showing it’s effects now!! Well played Neighbours!!


  • unbelievable
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:35PM

    That shows leadership – he deserves some Kudos.


  • Safwan
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:37PM

    Once again Imran Khan has shown that he is someone who leads from the front. That’s true leadership!


  • Bassam
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:37PM

    Khan the true lion … InshahAllah NayaPakistan ..Ameen


  • Radha
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:38PM

    I appreciate Mr.Khan


  • Asif
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:39PM

    Leading from the front again. God Bless this man. I hope just for this cause (to eradicate Polio), we can all come together, no matter what political affiliations we have ….


  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:42PM

    So the leader again jumped in for saving the future of our children. Bravo! This will definitely boost up the morale of people.
    One request to the people. Do something on your own to protect your children, and brothers and sisters.


  • sidjeen
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:43PM

    in another news PTI punjab president protested the demolition of a church wall in lahore and now imran wants to lead the polio campaign. i am not a big fan of khan’s politics but if this is the path PTI choose to pursue now i am all prayers for the success of this change of heart.


  • Khalid
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:44PM

    ET has to post this pic only…ET should understand that IK is not the prime minister of Pakistan but KPK. I wonder why media is silent on Nawaz and his government performance…Isnt it strange?


  • Rahol
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:45PM

    Yes, Mr. Khan, otherwise,it will be difficult to get Indian VISA, as you know recently our lagisltaure has passed the law…


  • Last Word
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:48PM

    Is it the first time that a polio worker has been targeted in Pakistan, why Mr. Khan woke up to the reality now as if this happened for the very first time??


  • Dec 13, 2013 - 7:50PM

    No second thought.The entire nation is with you on this issue.


  • Dr Saifur Rehman
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:51PM

    excellent IK. keep it up. now you are on right track.


  • pulseller
    Dec 13, 2013 - 7:59PM

    About time! IK is doing to Pakistan what no else can, the scourge of polio wrokers need to be eradicated!


  • salman
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:05PM

    Leader always lead by example. Sir u r really Pakistan khan


  • Rehan khan
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:08PM

    One can never doubt his intentions to deliver. Haters keep hating. IK is the only hope. There’s not a single area he has left unaddressed. Proud of you, sir.


  • Takoo
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:13PM

    The one and only and that is Khan


  • Tinytony
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:20PM

    I am telling you he possesses more guts than all the Pakistani politicos out there. Let him just work for one year in his province and he will prove his mettle. He is not a fundamentalist and neither is he a myopic man. He knows very well what he wants to achieve with his party in govt in K-P. He has a plan to deal with the deviant elements too. Just let him work. He has a vision and he can take Pakistan to many places. I hope he is able to build his ‘Naya Pakistan’ in K-P for which he has worked so hard. His party is a brilliant combination of many facets and I hope that the modernists and moderates in it prevail.


  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:54PM

    No political leader has as much support in KP and FATA as Imran Khan. This is very good news for the polio eradication effort. We should all laud this effort, no matter the political party.

    First Drones and Blockade, now Polio. It is obvious that only Imran Khan can fix Pakistan’s problems. Nawaz Sharif should improve the county’s situation drastically or he may be removed by the people.


  • Maliha
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:09PM

    IK you are a real leader of Pakistan!


  • gp65
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:10PM


    Respect! Strong politicial leadership is needed for this issue. I hope he is successful. Pakistan’s children deserve a healthy polio free life.


  • gp65
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:14PM


    @Last Word: “Is it the first time that a polio worker has been targeted in Pakistan, why Mr. Khan woke up to the reality now as if this happened for the very first time??”

    So just because he did not speak in the past, he should not speak in the future? That is strange logic.

    @Rahol: That comment was in poor taste. This is about the kids. India Pakistan ping pong should not enter this.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:20PM

    I love you Imran Khan for you always love to lead the people of Pakistan from front ….. The one and only Pakistan Khan …Recommend

  • azmat khan
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:46PM

    @Khalid: And he can never become prime minister of Pakistan as he has no capabilities for this slot.


  • South Indian
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:48PM

    Now I stand with him. Rid polio from KPK and I shall believe that you can be an agent of change.


  • Asok
    Dec 13, 2013 - 9:53PM

    In general, I am a staunch critic of Imran, but in this case, kudos and good luck!Recommend

  • azmat khan
    Dec 13, 2013 - 10:09PM

    Ki mere qatl ke baad us ne jafa se tauba (Ghalib). Where was IK so far. Was he sleeping, out of country or did not know about this polio vaccination drive? Now new stunt.What about scores of this campaign’ shot dead workers and those kids who got infested with polio due to nonavailability of the vaccination.A great hypocrisy.


  • tim
    Dec 13, 2013 - 10:13PM

    So, let me see if I got this straight.

    With respect to radical Islamists in FATA, IK wants to
    – stop hunting and killing the perpetrators of these acts with drones
    – negotiate with these guys
    – block supplies to put pressure on the US
    – talk about allowing polio vaccines

    How about
    – take control of FATA
    – eradicate the terrorists
    – be an ally to the US


  • objective observer
    Dec 13, 2013 - 10:15PM

    At least DJ Butt is recieving free publicity from all the hyperbole.


  • Parvez
    Dec 13, 2013 - 10:54PM

    Well done.


  • polpot
    Dec 13, 2013 - 11:36PM

    So PTI while checking trucks for Nato Merchandise…
    Will also check Polio papers.


  • Tehmina Javed
    Dec 14, 2013 - 12:36AM

    @azmat khan: This is ridiculous, you should try a lil harder as it’s quite evident how u r criticizing just for the sake of criticism. FYI (and others trying to make this absurd point that some1 cannot address an issue simply because he/she did not in past)
    A. Imran khan and PTI has always condemned attacks on polio teams and have always been in support of anti polio vaccinations.
    B. What else were u expecting from him before, when he was not even in power in a single province. And as soon as PTI formed government in KPK he told his government to start tackling the issue and responded back to bill gates for cooperation in this regard. So the concerned departments were working on it and Imran Khan is now just going to start off the campaign himself as well. How many polio campaigns took place in the last 6-7 months? And these are the first 7 months in which he had to overlook other tasks of the new government as well.

    P.S. You need to look up hypocrisy in the dictionary.Recommend

  • fahad
    Dec 14, 2013 - 12:52AM

    Hi tim. How about you wakeup to the real world. Ik hs said millions of times tht 9 year operation of army against terrorists was useless. Was their more militancy 9 years before? or now? we dont be friends of ttp. We want nego to get region.


  • Pakistani nation
    Dec 14, 2013 - 1:21AM

    So, he is the only key factor of PTI as PML N has as well all other parties. Oh God what change in our political system. If he had to do everything himself then kick out all other leaders who join him, just for getting publicity in the youth. They got it now kick them out and use the youth for Pakistan and for yourself Mr. IK. Its mean no one is able to deliver results for him, Oh God save him because everything is revolving around him and no one able to do good for Pakistan at all.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Dec 14, 2013 - 1:46AM

    @Khalid: I think you need to read this my friend!!
    Great performance of your beloved NAWAZ SHARIF


  • Teer
    Dec 14, 2013 - 2:10AM

    Finally a positive step instead of blame game/negative criticism from PTI. Pakistan will progress if all leaders take an active and positive mindset towards our problems instead of trying to make political mileage from situation.


  • Murthy
    Dec 14, 2013 - 12:05PM

    Well done, Pakistani politics needs more such decisive and bold people.


  • Imran Ahmed
    Dec 14, 2013 - 4:37PM


  • powvow
    Dec 14, 2013 - 9:02PM

    I know Singh is King rhymes better… but seems like Khan is on his way to be the King (compared to our useless Singh).


  • Jehangir
    Dec 15, 2013 - 12:57AM

    Prime minister Pakistan – Imran Khan! Imran Khan!


  • Dec 15, 2013 - 4:09AM

    We should criticize him because he is doing good. How can we support ? We want to be different.

    IK – You are too good for Pakistan . Proud to be IK supporter !


  • Abdullah
    Dec 15, 2013 - 6:16AM

    Appreciate IK’s stance.

    But how many things IK will oversee himself? He is a leader of the 3rd largest party. Why does it look like he is the only man in his party.


  • Aysha M
    Dec 15, 2013 - 8:17AM

    Offices for Talibans, all over the country, yes IK for PM


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