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Polio campaign halted in South Waziristan after Khasadar protest

April 22, 2019
Polio campaign halted in South Waziristan after Khasadar protest

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An anti-polio campaign began across the country on Monday except in South Waziristan where the Khasadar Force has boycotted its duties.

The paramilitary force personnel say they haven’t been paid in nine months and will not be working until they get their money.

The local administration says 60,000 children haven’t been given oral polio vaccines because of this.

A Khasadar jirga decided that personnel who perform duties before they are paid will be fined and their houses will be razed.

Related: Polio worker killed for trying to vaccinate child in Mohmand

On April 18, the Khasadar Forces in South Waziristan staged a protest in Tank against their salary issue. They announced that they would not be working during the anti-polio campaign. The government wants security personnel to accompany polio workers to avoid violence.

At the protest, the personnel claimed that after the merger, FATA has been subjected to enemy policies.

KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had announced that the Khasadar and Levies forces would be merged with the police and gave the force six months.

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