Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Pakistani Aid Workers

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Pakistani Aid Workers

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Recent attacks, possibly by militants, are jeopardizing critical efforts to wipe out polio in Pakistan.

The murders of charity and aid workers in Pakistan has dealt a devastating blow to a national campaign to wipe out polio and other deadly diseases. Last week, assassins ambushed and killed seven Pakistani teachers and health workers, six of them women, as they returned home from work at a children's community center in the Swabi district of the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. They were affiliated with a private Pakistani aid group, Support With Working Solution, that runs health and education projects in Pakistan's poor and lawless tribal region.

The federal authorities need to make sure that the killers are brought to justice and make clear that murdering health workers is a terrorist act against the nation itself.

The killings last week followed a series of attacks across the country last month that killed nine Pakistani health workers involved in a polio vaccination drive. …

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