President Alvi, PM Shehbaz vow not to let terrorism harm anti-polio efforts

President Alvi, PM Shehbaz vow not to let terrorism harm anti-polio efforts

Islamabad (Web Desk): President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday strongly condemned the suicide attack at a police van deputed on the security of an anti-polio team in Quetta’s Baleli area.

In their separate statements, the president and the prime minister said that such nefarious designs would not be allowed to harm the country’s commitment to eliminate the disease.

They expressed their resolve to continue efforts till the complete end of polio.

President Alvi paid tribute to the efforts of health workers and police personnel for saving the children of the country from the crippling disease.

He prayed for the forgiveness of the souls of the deceased and for the early recovery of the wounded.

Condemning the incident, PM Shehbaz Sharif said polio workers across the country were fulfilling their responsibilities without caring about their lives.

He stressed that eliminating polio virus from the country was amongst the top priorities of the government and vowed not to rest until polio was completely eradicated.

The prime minister asserted that ‘evil elements’ would fail to harm the anti-polio campaign in the country.

At least three people, including a police official and two civilian, died in blast targeting a police truck in Quetta’s Baleli area on Wednesday.

The vehicle was on its way to provide security to police workers.

According to police, at least 23 other people sustained injuries in the attack, including 20 policemen and three civilians.