At least 250,000 children in the tribal agencies of north and south Waziristan run the risk of being left out of the ongoing polio immunisation programme due to terrorist threats.

The latest round of the programme had to be postponed on Monday as the Taliban has banned the campaign as long as drones continue to pound these areas.

This is the first campaign being conducted by the government after the threat was issued in mid-June. The three-day campaign had hoped to cover 34 million under-five children across the country.

The Taliban had issued the ultimatum in June arguing that polio affected only a few in comparison to drones which killed large numbers indiscriminately.

“After consultation with the Taliban Shura, servant of Mujahideen in North Waziristan Agency, Hafiz Gul Bahadur has decided that there will be a ban on the polio campaign as long as drone strikes are not stopped,” a Taliban statement had said.


Gunmen kill polio vaccinator in PakistanMay 28, 2013