'Father of Taliban' backs polio vaccines

2013-12-10 20:50
Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid. (File, AP)

Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid. (File, AP)

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Peshawar - A radical Pakistani religious scholar known as the "Father of the Taliban" has issued a fatwa urging parents to immunise their children against polio and other fatal diseases, adding that vaccinations comply with Islamic law.

The edict by Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, who heads the hardline Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania seminary, comes more than a year after the Pakistani Taliban banned polio immunisation following a fake CIA vaccination programme meant to help track al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden.

The ban has led to a surge in polio cases in Pakistan that threatens worldwide efforts to eradicate the infectious crippling disease, which is also endemic in Nigeria and Afghanistan.

Taliban fighters have launched regular attacks on medical workers and security personnel resulting in at least 25 deaths since the June 2012 prohibition on inoculation.

But according to a statement signed by Haq and dated 30 October, parents should disregard the militants' warnings.

"According to Shari'ah there is no harm in using vaccines which medical experts recommend to save children against deadly diseases," the statement seen by AFP on Tuesday said.

"Polio, measles, tetanus, tuberculoses...are fatal and dangerous diseases and the vaccines to save young children and pregnant women are effective and harmless. There is no reality in the doubts and suspicions being spread against these vaccines.

"Parents should give the injections and drops of these vaccines to their children to save from fatal diseases," it added.

The Taliban ordered their ban in response to the CIA's recruitment of doctor Shakeel Afridi to run a fake vaccination programme in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, where they hoped he could obtain DNA samples that would help identify bin Laden.

Afridi was arrested after US troops killed the terror chief in his home on May 2011.

Pakistan recorded 72 cases of polio this year compared to 58 for all of 2012, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Wednesday.

Haq's seminary has awarded Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar an honorary doctorate and also counts Jalaluddin Haqqani, chief of the feared Haqqani network, as a graduate.

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