— File photo
— File photo
Dr Amjad Taqweem. — File photo
Dr Amjad Taqweem. — File photo

KHYBER AGENCY: Unknown militants gunned down a polio worker in the Jamrud Tehsil area of Khyber Agency on Saturday, officials said.

The polio worker Galiab was attacked in the Ghundi area of Jamrud Tehsil. He was severely wounded and was shifted to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Assistant Political Agent of the area, Jehangir Azam Wazir, confirmed the incident.

Some official sources also said that gunmen threw a pamphlet next to the polio worker, after opening fire on him, with a warning that all those who were part of any polio vaccination campaign or found working for any non-governmental organisation would be targeted in a similar manner.

Earlier on Dec 13, gunmen had attacked two separate polio teams in northwestern Pakistan, killing one polio worker and two police guards.

Earlier on November 23, militants had also kidnapped teachers for supporting a polio drive but they were later released following a jirga intervention.

Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where the polio virus is still endemic, but efforts to stamp out the crippling disease have been hit by repeated attacks on health teams.

Officials blame the violence and suspicions about the vaccine for a surge in cases. According to the World Health Organisation, Pakistan recorded 72 cases of polio this year compared to 58 in 2012.

Kidnapped Peshawar doctor recovered from Khyber Agency

Prominent physician of Lady Reading Hospital Dr Amjad Taqweem, who was kidnapped from Peshawar in the first week of December, was recovered by security forces' personnel from Khyber Agency today.

Dr Amjad Taqweem was recovered from the Ali Masjid area of Jamrud Tehsil in Khyber Agency.

Assistant Political Agent, Jehangir Wazir, confirmed his recovery while speaking to Dawn.com.

Unidentified persons had kidnapped Taqweem on Dec 3 after he came out of a mosque at Hayatabad Township.

Dr Amjad is a specialist rheumatologist and is heading the Medical-C unit of Lady Reading Hospital, one of the largest public sector hospitals in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


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Ashraf Mirza
Dec 21, 2013 01:36pm

I DON'T understand , Why criminals kill polio workers?? Actually Polio workers save life of little children. Government of Pakistan must take serious action against criminals and punish them . Killer must get death penalty. Sincerely, Ashraf Mirza (USA) ashwmirza@yahoo.com

Muslim
Dec 21, 2013 01:39pm

Government must ensure safety of such workers and inform people that Dr, who was traitor and helped CIA through polio programme should be treated as isolated case. Government must speak truth and win confidence of its people.Thus militancy will stop itself.

Jamshed Khan
Dec 21, 2013 04:04pm

Dr Afridi is responsible, directly or indirectly, for every polio worker killed.

Nasser
Dec 22, 2013 01:22am

Earthquakes and drone attacks are punishments from Allah on the people who commit heinous crimes, as happens regularly in KP.

Amena
Dec 22, 2013 03:45am

This is extremely sad. I can't believe how some people can be so daft to think like this. Shame on the government for not providing adequate security to the doctors, they deserve it more than any politician in the country.

Ashraf Mirza
Dec 22, 2013 05:10pm

@Amena: I agree with you 100% .. Dr's and staff actually saving lives of innocent angels. Govt. of Pakistan must provide 100% security for the Dr;s and staff. Sincerely, Ashraf Mirza (USA) ashwmirza@yahoo.com

Lakhkar Khan
Dec 23, 2013 08:38pm

@Jamshed Khan: Terrorists are responsible.

Lakhkar Khan
Dec 23, 2013 08:42pm

I salute all you Polio workers. You risk your life to save the next generation from becoming disabled. You are courageous, you are the true Mujahideen. May Allah protect you and your families.

Lakhkar Khan
Dec 23, 2013 08:51pm

@Ashraf Mirza: You are so correct.