Courtesy:- Malik Muhammad Ashraf
To keep the campaign on track and continue it uninterrupted, the government must provide foolproof security to the polio workers
The coldblooded murders of the polio field workers in Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are yet another ranting demonstration of the bestiality and perverted philosophy of the enemies of Pakistan to achieve their pernicious objectives by all means. After their attacks on military targets, acts of terrorism in different cities of Pakistan and having failed in their attempts to sap the morale of the government and people of Pakistan in standing up to their dastardly acts, they have now diverted their attention to soft and unsuspecting targets to scare and brutalise Pakistani society. Like the attack on Malala, the killing of the polio workers has left Pakistani civil society distraught and the world at large bewilderingly stunned. World leaders, WHO, UNICEF and the UN Secretary General have strongly castigated the antics of the terrorists — rightly so — and expressed their commitment to support Pakistan in its efforts to get rid of the disease, which is very reassuring, although WHO and UNICEF have temporarily suspended their polio-related activities and withdrawn their staff from the field. The TTP has disowned the attacks, probably as a strategy because of the fear of a severe backlash like the Malala episode but they cannot camouflage their activities through such tactics or hoodwink us and the rest of the world. We know our enemies and their antics. No condemnation would be enough to decry this inhuman act against individuals serving the noble cause of immunising Pakistani children against a crippling disease like polio.