|US terms Taliban’s decision to ban polio ‘horrific’ |
2012-06-19 [11:01:33 hrs]
|The United States has termed Taliban’s decision to ban polio vaccine in the tribal regions of Pakistan unless US stops the drone attacks as ‘horrific’.|
|"I hadn't seen that statement, but if it is as you described, it's a horrific decision by the Taliban," the State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told reporters at her daily news conference when asked by the Taliban announcement in this regard. |
"It is further to the point that we regularly make to Pakistanis, that these terrorist elements are as much a threat to Pakistan as they are to Afghanistan or anybody else. If they now taking their, you know, horrific actions to the children of Pakistan, then everybody needs to think hard about that," Nuland said.
Refraining from making any comment on the Taliban statement with regard to polio, the Pentagon Press Secretary, George Little, told reporters that the Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that nothing that was done in connection with the bin Laden raid should impede anything related to public health initiatives in Pakistan, Afghanistan or anywhere