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Polio by UlamaEminent Ulema of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday urged parents to get vaccinated their children against polio as there was no harm effects proved in the vaccines.

PESHAWAR: Eminent Ulema of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday urged parents to get vaccinated their children against polio as there was no harm effects proved in the vaccines. Eminent Ulema including Qari Roohullah Madani, Qari Abdullah and Moulana Jahanzaib during a press conference titled "the role of Ulema in Eradicating Polio" organized by National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF) here in Peshawar.

Speakers on the occasion added that it was a concern of parents that polio vaccination have some negative impacts on the life of children, but today, we the Ulema of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa rejected the concerns with the help of research and study taken by religious doctors and physicians that such kinds of vaccinations have no harm impacts on children life. They added that most of the parents are not aware about the usefulness of these vaccines, and it is the main reason of the refusal. They on the occasion also urged Ulema of remote areas to convey the message during Juma cermons and social gatherings.

Talking about the performance of NRDF and useful help of Ulema, Jalal -ud-Din of NRDF said that in more than 62 media conferences eminent ulema has delivered their speeches about the eradication of polio from Pakistan especially from FATA.

He further said that up to now, 119 cases have been surfaced throughout Pakistan, in which 62 cases were found in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He maintained that most cases have been surfaced in FATA and Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency was on the top having the maximum cases of 26. Talking with The Frontier Post, he said that NRDF has made a plan with consultation of eminent tribal elders, Ulema and political administration of Khyber Agency to access those remote areas where the cases are on the peak within days.

Original Article: The Frontier Post

SWAT: The Institute for Research and Development in Swat (IRDS) has said that 160 religious scholars of the region have issued a fatwa in favour of polio vaccination, arguing that polio drops are legal and pure, a press release issued on Wednesday stated. These scholars condemned those who said that polio vaccination was haram and against Sharia law.

They have asked parents to inoculate their children who are less than five years of age and requested them to cooperate with the vaccination teams so that all children in these areas can be immunized.

The IRDS spokesmen has also said that eight group meetings and one district level seminar of the religious scholars have been held under their institution in which they have decided to raise awareness regarding polio vaccination among the local people in their Friday prayer sermons.

Ulema (clerics) of more than 88 mosques addressed the topic of polio vaccination and termed it legal under Sharia law, last Friday.

These scholars have asked teachers of the area to spread the message of the polio campaign so that a maximum number of children can be immunized.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2010.

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