Case Filed Against Fawad Khan After His Wife Refuses Anti-Polio Drops For Child

| February 21 , 2019 , 15:52 IST

Lahore city district government lodged six cases, including one against renowned actor Fawad Khan on Wednesday for not cooperating with polio teams. Four of the cases were filed at Faisal Town police station and two at the Model Town police station.

The FIR against Fawad was registered on a complaint of a union council monitoring officer (UCMO).

The UCMO complained that the polio team visited Fawad's residence at 5 pm on Tuesday but "the head of the family has been refusing to have the children vaccinated against polio and has been threatening the polio team with serious consequences."

It wasn't immediately clear whether the "head of the family" referred to in the FIR is Khan or some other family member.

However, according to media reports, a press release issued by Fawad’s manager denied reports that the actor had refused to have his daughter vaccinated, saying that nothing could be further from the truth.

The statement read that neither Fawad nor his wife Sadaf Khan was at home when the polio team visited. The actor and his wife have been abroad since February 13.

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The first National Polio Campaign of 2019 started from January 21, the three-day campaign vaccinated approximately 8 million children under the age of five years. Polio workers went door to door to vaccinate the children.

In 2018 as many as ten polio cases were confirmed from Pakistan, while the number of polio cases in 2017 was seven and in 2016 the number was at 20.