Sabotaging the campaign: Anti-polio message resurfaces, this time in Charsadda

Published: November 6, 2014
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl leader and Charsadda MNA, Maulana Gohar Shah said that this was an act by “miscreants”. PHOTO: STOCK

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl leader and Charsadda MNA, Maulana Gohar Shah said that this was an act by “miscreants”. PHOTO: STOCK


In a bid to sabotage the polio campaign, unidentified culprits pasted a pamphlet with an anti-polio vaccine message on the wall of a mosque in District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Charsadda. A doctor at the hospital later discredited the message as “propoganda”. Polio campaigns have remained controversial in the region where they have been banned in tribal areas and linked to both drones and the CIA.

The Urdu pamphlet read that the polio vaccine was a “conspiracy by Unicef”. Quoting one Dr Aroona from Nigeria, the anonymous author not only claimed that the vaccination affected the reproductive capabilities of people, but said it had been banned in the United States, Britain and Canada.

The pamphlet stated, “This message is not by some hardliner or maulvi, but has been made public by Dr Aroona.” By Wednesday morning, a large number of people read the pamphlet, which was removed later by the police.

Charsadda DHQ Superintendent Dr Muhammad Nawaz said he was unaware of any such pamphlets. However, he rejected claims that the polio vaccine had an adverse effect on humans. Nawaz said Pakistan should be grateful to the World Health Organization and Unicef for their roles against the crippling virus.

WHO and UNICEF also played a key role in eradicating smallpox and other diseases.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl leader and Charsadda MNA, Maulana Gohar Shah, told The Express Tribune this was an act by “miscreants”.

He added criminals had been spreading propaganda against the polio vaccine for a long time. “Mosques are a place of worship and pasting such pamphlets on their walls is wrong,” he asserted. He said the posters were an attempt to spread fear and terror among the locals.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • zaman
    Nov 6, 2014 - 12:32AM

    Must trace and arrest as Enemy of The State for Treason.


  • James
    Nov 6, 2014 - 9:09AM

    As usual….India is behind this.


  • raw is war
    Nov 6, 2014 - 10:31AM


    you are mistaken. Israel is behind this.

    Polio virus and its vaccine was developed by Jews.


  • pakistani
    Nov 6, 2014 - 10:55AM

    welcome to pakistan in the 21st century. When we will grow up.


  • James
    Nov 6, 2014 - 2:32PM

    @raw is war:

    Yes, but it is a conspiracy by India to destabilize Pakistan…..


  • tahironly
    Nov 6, 2014 - 2:34PM

    In USA they use IPV and in Pakistan we use OPV,

    OPV is also a source of Polio virus thats why they stoped using it
    reference is from cdc . gov section Polio Disease – Questions and Answers.


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