NRDF and FATA threatened to set a hunger strike in front of Unicef office Peshawar

General Peshawar

Peshawar: Several district coordinator officers of National Research and Development Foundation NRDF project hailing from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas FATA on Thursday threatened to set a hunger strike in front of Unicef office Peshawar if their six month salaries were not release within three days.

Addressing a press conference here at Peshawar Press Club, Abdullah Madani, said that due to misconception regarding Polio vaccine, complete eradication of the disease was a big challenge for Pakistan.

The international organization Unicef, he said launched a project through NRDF in KP and FATA in which seven thousands of religious scholars from KP took part voluntarily for the sake polio elimination.

Flanked by Inaam Ullah, Muhammad Zubair, Abdur Rahman, Shahab and Muhammad Tufail, he added that they along with 37 other coordinators from KP and FATA had given the task to convince the refusal parents of the disease with the help of Ulema, saying they had convinced more than 15ooo refusal parents across the province and remove misconception from their minds.

The Unicef, he lamented in October2012 terminated the NRDF project without any reason and stopped their six months salaries. He maintained that more than 70 percent amount allocated for Polio had been spending on Unicef personnel’s salaries, travel, security and other useless ways in Pakistan.

With termination of the project, he expressed concern that number of refusal parents would be increased and if the disease was not get rid of in near future; air travel would be ban on all Pakistani.

He appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari, Governor and Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to take notice of the project termination and make an inquiry in it.