BARA/SADDA: The Mallagori tribe of Khyber tribal district has announced to boycott the polio vaccination campaign to express support for the demands of Khassadars, while in Kurram, a tribe has boycotted the drive over their unresolved land dispute.

A joint Jirga of Hamzakhel and Mastokhel tribes in Upper Kurram was held on Friday. Addressing the Jirga, tribal elders Malik Rehmat Ali, Malik Muhammad Ali Shah, Malik Sajjad Hussain and others said they will never administer polio drops to their children till the resolution of their land dispute with Malikhel tribe. They alleged that Malikhel tribe has occupied their lands. They said they will not cooperate with the government till this issue is resolved.

The tribal elders alleged that the Malikhel tribesmen have occupied their lands in Akakhel desert and set up illegal constructions there. They alleged that Malikhel tribes was making further constructions in the disputed area defying the court orders.

The elders at the Jirga demanded the government to end illegal occupation of their lands within a week. They said they will be compelled to resolve the issue on their own if the government didn’t move. They said another Grand Jirga of the affected tribes has been called on next Saturday to devise a final strategy in this regard.

Meanwhile, eminent tribal elder from Khyber tribal district, Malik Haji Abdul Manan said while talking to TNN that the Mallagori tribe stands with the Khassadars for their genuine demands. He said the tribe will support the polio boycott and other decisions of Khassadars.

Malik Abdul Manan said the Mallagori tribe highly values the sacrifices of Khassadars and will fully boycott the next polio vaccination campaign to support their demands.

Six polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan this year, some of them due to refusal of parents to administer polio drops to their children.

The National Emergency Operation Centre has already issued warning of presence of poliovirus in eight cities including Peshawar, Lahore, Bannu, Rawalpindi, Qila Abdullah, Pishin, Quetta and Karachi. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government last week decided to block the computerised national identity cards (CNICs) of the parents who refused to administer polio vaccination drops to their children.

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