Usama Bin Ladin not traced due to Afridi’s fake polio campaign: Sartaj

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz informed the Upper House on Tuesday that this perception was wrong that Usama Bin Ladin was traced in Abbottabad due to the fake campaign of polio launched by Dr Shakeel Afridi.

Responding to a Point of Order raised by Senator Farhatullah Babar, Sartaj Aziz said this wrong perception led to the attacks on Polio worker teams, adding, there were only 60 to 65 different areas where the campaign could not be launched properly.

He said the United Nations name was mistakenly mentioned in the list of NGOs involved in Shakeel Afridi’s fake campaign, which had been clarified in today’s newspapers as well.

Earlier, on a Point of Order, Senator Farhatullah Babar said it was a matter of concern that World Health Organization (WHO) had recommended some travel restrictions over Pakistan on Polio issue.

He said the statement issued by the Foreign Office in response to WHO mentioned that a fake campaign was conducted by Shakeel Afridi in Pakistan to trace Osama Bin Ladin, in which, all the international NGOs were involved.

Babar further said as the Abbottabad Commission was still not make public, the statement of the foreign office was misleading the nation.