Target: Dr. Zaheeruddin Babar Awan, Minister of Justice.
Goal: To charge those responsible with the murder of eight aid workers who were operating a polio immunization program.
The tragic death of eight health workers operating a polio immunization program shows that the price for health care is often too high. Although no person or group has officially taken responsibility for the murders, the Taliban has long been opposed to allowing the immunization of citizens in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Taliban has previously stated that they would not permit any sort of immunization program until the United States discontinued its drone strike programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan. These are also two of the last four countries that are still affected by polio. Demand that the Pakistani government apprehend and hold responsible those who shot and killed these health workers.
Part of the problem is the reaction by religious leaders to the immunization program. Conservative clerics issued an announcement denouncing the UN program that helps administer oral and injected vaccinations to children in high-risk neighborhoods. There have been rumors spread among these communities that the program is a plot to sterilize Muslim children. In addition, the CIA’s use of a Pakistani doctor and a fake immunization program to figure out the location of Osama Bin Laden has only stoked the fires of skeptics. The practice of using medical professionals as information gatherers is unethical. This, however, does not excuse the fact that the Taliban is holding its children hostage by not allowing immunizations. They must be held responsible for their decision to actively destroy the lives of young children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Sign this petition and demand that Pakistan actively search for the killers of doctors representing the United Nations. By taking this step, the government can show the world that they intend to protect the innocents of their country.
Dear Dr. Zaheeruddin Babar Awan,
Your government must apprehend and hold responsible those who shot and killed eight health workers operating a polio immunization program in your country. The death of these workers shows that the price paid for health care is much too high. Your country is one of four left with the polio virus still among its population. By helping to eradicate the disease and allowing immunizations without fear of violence, you may save the next generation of children.
I respectfully ask that your government set an example and charge for those responsible for the crime committed against innocent international aid workers. Show those responsible that they may not hold children responsible for the political decisions of their elders.
[Your Name Here]
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