UN Halts Polio Vaccination Drive In Pakistan

  • On Wednesday, the United Nations decided to call off its Polio vaccination drive in Pakistan after eight volunteers involved in the effort were killing within a span of two days. The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the killings were “cruel, senseless and inexcusable.” He said that the volunteers in Pakistan had only been “working selflessly to achieve the historic goal of polio eradication". The suspension of the program comes as a major setback to the polio eradication drive in Pakistan. Pakistan is one of the three countries in the world where polio still exists as a crippling disease. The other two nations where UN has been trying to battle polio are Afghanistan and Nigeria. While no group has claimed responsibility for the killings in Pakistan, Islamist groups are known to believe that the polio eradication drive is a cover for international espionage.

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