Canadian International Development Agency - CIDA

Canadian International Development Agency - CIDA

April 11, 2013 19:32 ET

Canada Condemns Killing of Police Officer Guarding Polio Eradication Health Workers in Pakistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 11, 2013) - Canada condemns this senseless attack on Pakistani police officers guarding a team of polio-eradication workers in northwestern Pakistan today.

Today's shooting in Pakistan reminds us of the dangers that polio eradication workers face every day as they risk their lives to keep children safe from this devastating disease.

My heart goes out to the friends and family of the police officer killed today. I also wish for a speedy recovery of the wounded officer.

We commend local officials who have condemned these attacks and have pledged to continue the vaccination campaign in spite of violent opposition. We urge the Pakistani government, religious and community leaders to assist in providing a safe environment for polio eradication workers and those that protect them.

Canada remains committed to a polio-free world.

The Honourable Julian Fantino

Minister of International Cooperation

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