However, soon it was exposed that this melodrama was an attempt to sabotage the countrywide anti-polio vaccination drive. A group of conspirators faked the illness and hospitalization of children in Mashokhel village to
spread panic and misinformation about the polio campaign.
A real pity I must say. The premiere of the country rides on the “Naya
Pakistan” fake manifesto and here he has kept mum about the whole issue.
Well at the first place why are Pakistani’s opposing
There are few interesting stories doing the rounds.
First, a section of Pakistani’s considers this polio campaign as a cover for spying. Probably it is the Bin Laden raid that has put vaccinators under the gun in Pakistan. The attack on Abbottabad
remains a sensitive issue for the Pakistani government.
Second, they also believe that polio drop campaign is a Western conspiracy to make
Muslim boys sterile. “Doctors at Mashokhel Hospital said the children did not get a reaction from the vaccine. There are parents in Mashokhel who do not want to administer the drops to their children and they could have fallen sick owing to other reasons.”
Third, some clerics claim falsely that the vaccine is made of pig products, which are taboo for Muslims.
Interesting isn’t it? A progressive nation “Naya Pakistan” averse to a polio vaccination drive.