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Pakistan: Polio Vaccination Workers Shot Dead
Gunmen on motorbikes have shot dead four women giving polio vaccinations in Pakistan.
The attacks were carried out in three different areas of Karachi, the country's biggest city.
The women - all Pakistanis - were killed on the second day of a three-day nationwide drive against the disease, which is endemic in Pakistan.
The health minister for Sindh province said he had ordered a halt to all polio vaccinations in Karachi following the shootings.
Police said another polio worker was shot dead there on Monday, although the circumstances of his death only became clear later.
Senior police officer Shahid Hayat blamed the killings on "militants who issued a fatwa against polio vaccination in the past".
Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio, a highly-infectious and crippling disease, remains endemic, along with neighbouring Afghanistan and Nigeria.
But efforts to tackle the problem have been hampered over the years by suspicion over vaccination drives.
Warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur and the Pakistani Taliban banned polio vaccinations in the country's tribal northwest, where polio is a particular problem, last June.
They claim the anti-polio campaign is a cover for spying activities by the West.
Officials say the ban is putting the health of 240,000 children in North and South Waziristan at risk.
what do you think?
The true face of the Taliban. Unislamic, cruel and inhumane. Prophet Mohammed must weep at these murders commited in his name
Is it any wonder India prosperity go`s up in leaps and bounds, Pakistan is still living in the middle ages their best brains leaving to come to Europe to work.
I was giving polio vaccinations in India earlier this year. There are now only four countries with this grade of the polio virus. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. In West Africa we had the problem of witch doctors telling families that the polio drops took away their souls and made them infertile etc. Those problems were overcome. This nonsense that these poor volunteers were simply spying for the west does indeed show the level of ignorance we are up against. In Afghanistan negotiations have been successful and they have allowed national immunisations in the past. Sadly, it's becoming more difficult to repeat them. In Pakistan I'd say this has everything to do with power, which is backed up by religion.
UN BEL IEVABLE!!!! Roll on the Dark Ages and maybe this country can move forward!!! This isn't about Religion. It is about a cultural mind set!!
That's another way of putting Michael, there is a lot in what you say.
More senseless killings as the school killings in America
Gary W Beard
Perhaps the best thing we can do with this whole area of Pakistan is to cease all western help and medication. Its pointless helping theses people survive only for them to pass on their imbecilic teachings to their children, who grow up and teach the same nonsense to their children, Ad Nauseum. Let them go the way as the dinosaur. Adapt or die. Kinder in the long run.