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- Saturday, June 08, 2013 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: Rotary International on Friday decorated Ambassador for Polio Eradication in Pakistan Aseefa Bhutto Zardari for her role in fighting the crippling disease in the country.


“Thanks in large part to your generous participation in ‘This Close’ public service campaign. We are on the verge of global polio eradication,” the citation accompanying the commemorative plaque awarded to her said.


The plaque was presented to Aseefa on behalf of Rotary International by National Chair of Rotary International Aziz Memon during a special ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.Thanking Aseefa on behalf of 1.2 million Rotarians from 200 countries for her role in polio eradication campaigns in the country, Rotary Foundation Chairman Wilfrid J Wilkinson expressed the hope that she would continue to work for complete eradication of polio from Pakistan and the world.


“We rely on your continued support to ensure that polio eradication remains top-of-mind for world leaders, key community stakeholders and the general public,” he said.Wilkinson said: “Your support is critical to ensuring we end polio, once for all.” He offered the commemorative plaque as a token of sincere appreciation and said her support has been instrumental in the final push to end the destructive disease.


Aseefa was the first Pakistani child who was administered anti-polio drops by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1994 when she launched a determined national bid to end polio from the country.She was appointed Pakistan’s Ambassador for Polio Eradication in the country in 2009 and has been actively engaged in efforts aimed at ending polio from the country.