KHYBER AGENCY: Speakers at a grand Jirga held at Landi Kotal tehsil on Monday asked tribesmen to extend their full patronage in order to make the drive against poliovirus scheduled to be carried out from 16th January a success.

In this connection, a tribal Jirga held at Jirga Hall in Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber Agency, aimed at dispelling the misperception with regard to polio drive in the area and also to create awareness among local tribesmen. The step to organize a Jirga was taken following the deaths of children in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency few days back.

In-charge FATA Polio Operational Committee, Dr Irfan, Assistant Political Tehsildar, Irshad Mohmand, Malik Nadim Afridi, Malik Tajuddin Shinwari, tribal elders and other participants were also in attendance on the occasion. Speaking to participants, Dr Irfan termed the propaganda against polio vaccination baseless and said the polio drops are the most protective and secured ones in entire world. He claimed that nobody had raised finger at polio drops across the world which proves that these are protective drops. He asked tribes people to wholeheartedly vaccinate their children against polio virus in forthcoming polio drive in the area.

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