Religious scholars from Pakistan and abroad here on Thursday declared that anybody attacking health workers assigned the job to administer polio vaccine to children will be considered as an infidel.
Moreover, they also said polio vaccine being used in Pakistan was Halal, dispelling the impression as if the medicine was made of some material banned in Islam. Hitting out at drone attacks in the tribal areas, the scholars argued that it was because of these attacks Taliban had banned administration of polio drops to 261,000 children in the area.
The unanimous declaration was announced by the scholars belonging to Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen during the closing ceremony of a two-day conference on ‘Polio eradication in the light of Islam’ hosted by the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in collaboration with the Al-Azhar University of Egypt. The conference was a follow-up to the March 5-6, 2013, Ulema Conference held in Cairo under the aegis of the Al-Azhar University.
Senior scholars Dar Al Ifta Al Missriya, Dr Mohammad Wesam, secretary general Council of Health Services Dr Yagoub Al Mazrou, director of Fatwa Department at the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, Jeddah, Dr Abdulqahir Mohammed Qamar and others participated from abroad.
The head of Jamiah Darul Uloom Haqqaniah, Nowshera, Senator Maulana Samiul Haq, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council, Lahore, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, President Darul Uloom, Korangi, Karachi, Maulana Rafi Usmani and others represented Pakistan.
The participants lashed out at Dr Shakeel Afridi who was allegedly funded by the CIA for using a polio eradication campaign to trace Osama Bin Laden. They were of the view that Dr Afridi had not only betrayed his country but also put the polio eradication campaign at risk. They suggested that the health department should not be used for spying anywhere in the world. The scholars also recommended that Dr Afridi should be punished strictly.