Pakistan’s authorities have filed FIR’s against six people, including actor Fawad Khan, for refusing vaccination teams to give their children anti-polio drops.
The actor denied the accusation. Fawad’s manager’s statement denied reports that the actor refused to vaccinate his daughter, saying “nothing could be further from the truth”.
The FIR against Fawad Khan was registered on the basis of a complaint from a monitoring office of the Union Council (UCMO).
The UCMO complained that the polio team visited Fawad’s home on Tuesday at 5 PM, but “the head of the family refused to vaccinate the children against polio and threatened the polio team with serious consequences.”
The FIR charges include negligent acts that could spread life-threatening disease infection, punishment for criminal intimidation, obstructing public servants in the execution of public duty and disobedience to the order duly issued by public servants.
Whether the “family leader” referred to in the FIR is the actor or another family member was not clear. Fawad’s manager’s statement refuted reports that the actor interfered with his daughter’s vaccination efforts at his residence.
“Nothing could be further from the truth since neither parent was home at the time of the anti-polio teams visit,” the statement read.
Fawad has been abroad since February 13, the statement said. He performed at the opening ceremony of Pakistan Super League in Dubai and is currently in the United States.
“He come to know of the FIR through the press.” It said Khan “fully supports” the anti-polio campaign and was “very well aware” of the guidelines of international organisations regarding the disease.
If the FIR was not canceled, the statement warned against legal action.