Two policemen guarding vaccinators shot dead

Assailants shot and killed two policemen who were guarding a polio vaccination team in the district on Tuesday, District Police Officer DI Khan Nisar Marwat said.

Both men were from Daira Town police station and were identified as Ilyas and Abbas, who were escorting the team in Gandi Umar Khan village, located 25 kilometers away from DI Khan city, when they were attacked by two unidentified men on a motorcycle. A search operation in underway.

Earlier, the National Task Force on Polio Eradication met the prime minister at PM House in Islamabad. The prime minister said efforts to eradicate the virus from Pakistan must be doubled, particularly in the face of possible travel restrictions imposed on Pakistanis.

He expressed his concern over the incidences of polio cases in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, saying, “We cannot be found wanting or be deterred on any account in the performance of eradicating this virus.”