Khyber Agency polio workers’ boycott ends

Assured of foolproof security during meeting with political administration.

Our Correspondent December 15, 2013
Assured of foolproof security during meeting with political administration. PHOTO: FILE


The Paramedic Association, health department officials and teachers from Khyber Agency called off a boycott of the polio vaccination drive on Saturday and resumed their duties.

The decision was taken during a meeting with political administration officials in Jamrud and Landikotal tehsils of Khyber Agency.

Agency Surgeon Dr Sameen Jan told The Express Tribune the polio workers went on a boycott after a health department official was killed on Friday by unidentified gunmen in Naye Abadi, Jamrud during the vaccination drive.

Dr Jan further said a meeting was held between health department officials, political administration officials and Jamrud Assistant Political Agent Jehangir Azam Wazir and the polio workers were assured they would be provided foolproof security.

The workers’ efforts against polio were appreciated and APA Wazir and other political administration officials participated in the drive by administering polio drops to children.

The agency surgeon informed 13 localities were covered in the most recent drive and 38 were still left. He added tight security measures had been taken for the safety of workers.

Pillion riding ban

Dozens of motorcycles were impounded during a crackdown on Saturday against pillion riding and unregistered motorbikes in Swabi. Police set up checkpoints and arrested several people.

Pillion ridding was banned in Topi tehsil and Gadoon Amazai circle after two policemen were gunned down on Friday while they were escorting polio teams during a drive.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2013.


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