Children in KP‚ FATA inoculated against Polio: FO

Islamabad: Pakistan has said unlike the perception‚ most of children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA areas have been inoculated against Polio.

Speaking at weekly Foreign Office press briefing here Thursday‚ Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said federal and provincial governments are determined to eradicate polio from the country. She said immunization of children against polio relates Pakistan’s future.

She said Pakistan is well-aware of World Health Organization’s concerns and recently in her visit to Pakistan‚ the head of WHO held very constructive meetings regarding the issue.

She said despite the security concerns‚ WHO is keen to help Pakistan in overcoming the problem.

FO spokesman said a decree issued at a conference in Jeddah attended by Ulemas from across the world declared Polio vaccine as Halal and legitimate. She said polio vaccine being used in Pakistan is procured from Indonesia‚ a Muslim country‚ Indonesia.

Replying to a question‚ she said after GSP Plus status‚ there have been positive trends about our trade relations with European Union.

Regarding EU Ambassador’s comments‚ Tasnim Aslam said Pakistan expects from diplomatic community including him to abide by the norms of internationally recognized diplomatic behavior‚ and not to comment on our internal matters.

She said Pakistan is implementing twenty-seven international conventions to inculcate a culture of respect for human rights.

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