JAMRUD, 24 December: Jamaat-e-Islami has demanded compensation equivalent to diyat (blood money) to the legal heirs of the two children died due vaccination in Bara tehsil during an immunization campaign a few days ago.

President of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Khyber Agency chapter, Zarghoon Shah Afridi while talking to reporters at the Jamrud press club demanded of the government and political administration to give exemplary punishment to the persons responsible for the incident.

Flanked by JI Youth Wing, Fata president Shah Jehan Afridi, Zarghoon Shah demanded that a committee comprising tribal elders, political leaders, journalists, doctors and officials of the local administration should be constituted to probe the matter.

“The Fata secretariat and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government should provide Rs4.5 million compensation equivalent to diyat amount to the family members of the deceased children. If the government did not accept their demands, they would start a protest drive against the Fata secretariat and the health department,” the JI leader remarked.

It merits recalling here that two minor children died and 11 others were fainted after they were administered vaccines against measles in Shalobar area of Bara subdivision of Khyber agency.

Since the anti-polio immunization campaign was going on in the agency, it was believed that the children died due to the apparent reaction of the anti-polio vaccine. However, agency surgeon later clarified that the affected children were not administered polio vaccines.