As NA passes anti-polio resolution, JUI-F lawmaker links drones with epidemic

Maulana Jamaluddin blames US drone campaign for the spread of polio in the country during NA debate.

Web Desk/qamar Zaman May 13, 2014
National Assembly of Pakistan. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: With travel restrictions imposed on Pakistan for its inability to control the spread of polio virus, parliamentarians on Tuesday passed a unanimous resolution, vowing to make Pakistan polio-free, Express News reported.

Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar informed the house that no new case has been detected in Punjab and Balochistan while there has been an increase in the number of instances in Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

A few lawmakers also locked horns over how to tackle the epidemic during the session.

During a debate on the issue in the National Assembly, Jamiat-e-Ulema-Islami Fazl (JUI-F) lawmaker Maulana Jamaluddin blamed the US drone campaign for the presence of polio in the country. He called on the government to divert its attention and resources to investigate the link between polio and the unmanned aircraft that hover over the tribal belt of Pakistan.

“They [US] kill us through drones and also spread polio,” Jamaluddin said. He, however, himself did not give any substantial proof to back his claims.

Rubbishing this bizarre allegation, Pakistan Peoples Party MNA Nafeesa Shah said connecting drones with polio was propaganda manufactured by the enemies of state and that the government should squash such conspiracies.

“It is a national shame that travel restrictions have been imposed on Pakistani nationals,” Shah lamented, adding that Pakistan was one of the three countries exporting the virus.


Avinash | 6 years ago | Reply

Oh So our politicians not only have fake degrees but they also have a severely low IQ level.

Gp65 | 6 years ago | Reply

@RM: Mistrust about polio vaccine greatly predates he Afridi case. Secondly Afridi ran an unauthorized jaundice vaccination camp which requires injections NOT a polio camp which requires oral drips. So no way to confuse the two. It is not as though ALLL vaccinations in Pakistan have stopped. So why target polio? Finally i could have understood if parents were hesitant to give a vaccine to their kids due to Afridi but how oes it explain people shooting polio workers.

These are just excuses.

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