Imam-e-Kaaba to visit Pakistan for polio eradication conference

Imam of Kaaba

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan is scheduled to host an international conference on eradication of polio in which dignitary Islamic clerics from all over the world, including the Chief Cleric of Kaaba (Imam-e-Kaaba), would participate.

Ministry of Health has confirmed that with the assistance of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and Islamic Development Bank, Pakistan had invited Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais to an International Ulema Conference on Polio eradication from June 15 to 16.

The conference will be held in Islamabad and expected to draw at least 50-60 religious dignitaries and experts from across the world, including scholars from UAE, Kuwait, Al-Azhar University Egypt as well as one former Imam-e-Kaaba.

Involving local religious figures to change public opinion is an old practice in Pakistan.

Previous polio campaigns in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Fata have been conducted with the help of local clerics.

One of them was run between 2010 and 2012 by the National Research & Development Foundation which claims to have reduced refusal rates in Fata almost tenfold.

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