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KHYBER AGENCY: Seven teachers, who worked as volunteers during the recent anti-polio vaccination campaign conducted in the region, were kidnapped from a private in Sipah area of Bara in Khyber tribal region on November 21, officials confirmed today.

A political administration official told Dawn.com that seven teachers of a private school had been kidnapped on November 21, who though had not been involved in the polio drive but had facilitated the polio teams at their private school in Sipah area.

"These workers, rather teachers were taken away from private Hira Public School on November 21," Assistant political Agent Bara Nasir Khan said

He added the volunteers had been picked up by the unknown kidnappers for allowing polio vaccination in their school, which is managed by a charity Khidmat Khalq Committee.

"They were not directly related to polio vaccination but had supported the workers as volunteers during the recent vaccination drive and that’s why they had been kidnapped," he added.

Talking about the efforts for their release, Nasir Khan said: "The government has not yet intervened as Khidmat Khalq Committee is trying to settle the issue and a jirga led by their elder Turab Ali is tmaking efforts to recover the abductees."

We are waiting for the release of workers through tribal methods, so they are not harmed, he added.

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Nov 23, 2013 11:36am

At Least 5 to 8 security guards should provide to each polio team, to minimize such happening.

N K Ali
Nov 23, 2013 12:44pm

What madness. This is sheer insanity. Who will look after the children subsequently infected by the polio virus? Only a good human who is very RARE nowadays.......Bill Gates, maybe. And yet after all this insanity, we WANT TO TALK. Salams to peaceful Pakistan.

n b
Nov 23, 2013 02:45pm

All countries took Small Pox vaccination a few decades ago. The medicine was made in western countries. None protested. Why protest against Polio now ?

Nov 23, 2013 10:31pm

If you can not protect harmless polio workers from kidnapping and killing how you PTI government have moral right to rule KPK. You are going out of legality and stopping NATO supplies to please Taliban, but they don't care a bit. PTI government should resign for failure to protect polio workers.