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Pakistan Partially Postpones Polio Program

The Pakistani government has postponed a polio vaccine program in parts of its tribal areas after threats from the Taliban. 

Regional Taliban groups in North Waziristan and South Waziristan imposed a "ban" on the antipolio campaign to protest U.S. drone strikes. 

Hafiz Gul Bahadur, the Taliban leader in North Waziristan, said the ban would remain until U.S. drone strikes are stopped. 

Local officials said the Taliban action puts at risk the health of more than 350,000 children. 

AFP reports a planned meeting of elders in Miranshah, North Waziristan to discuss the ban was called off due to a military curfew. 

Last year Pakistan recorded its highest number of polio cases in a decade -- 198 -- which was blamed on a breakdown in its vaccination program.

Based on reporting by AFP
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by: Emil Schafer from: California, USA
July 17, 2012 05:52
What do the Taliban gain by maliciously exposing Pakistani children to the ravages of Polio? (Taliban children may he hit the most!)

by: ahmed from: ph
July 17, 2012 05:59
What is worse , a few drone attacks or hundreds of kids stricken by polio ?

by: Michael from: Thailand
July 17, 2012 06:00
Polio has in effect become a Moslem disease. This year, of the 780 reported cases of polio in the world the only non-Moslem state reporting infection was India with 42. Most of those occurred among Moslems in northern India, who engaged in mass resistance to immunization,

In 2003, Two Islamic groups in Nigeria urged Muslims to resist the government’s immunization program. They said they found evidence the vaccine was intended to sterilize children and control population. The immunization program resumed only after the vaccine, which had been manufactured in the US was manufactured in Indonesia.

In Pakistan, health workers are frequently denied access to children amid threats by Taliban-backed clerics, who tell people the vaccine is un-Islamic, and those that die of polio are considered martyrs, possibly because the vaccine was developed by a Jewish doctor.

The Taliban want to make it clear that they will hold the health of the entire world hostage until they get their way.

Fear and resistance to immunization programs is hardly new. But in most countries educated people--the clerics, the politicians, the courts stand up to this nonsense--which is why most developed countries are polio free.

Now it is time for the educated Moslems of the world to demonstrate their determination to help rid humanity of this terrible disease-by denouncing the their religious bigots and ignoramuses. We can all win if we work together.

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