Via The New York Times: Vaccine Worker Killed in Pakistan, Amid Taliban Hostility. Excerpt:
A health worker supervising a polio vaccination campaign was fatally shot and two others were wounded on Saturday when gunmen opened fire at a hospital in northwestern Pakistan, officials said.
No one immediately took responsibility for the killing, but the Taliban, which accuses the United States of using a drive to eradicate polio in the country as a cover for spying, has threatened the lives of health workers who immunize children.
Pakistani officials said two gunmen riding a motorbike had opened fire at a government hospital in Matni, a suburb of Peshawar, the provincial capital of restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Zahid Gul, who was overseeing the vaccination campaign, was killed and another man and a woman were wounded in the attack. The gunmen fled.
Saturday’s episode was a particular setback to the former cricket star and current opposition leader, Imran Khan, whose political party controls Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Mr. Khan this month condemned the attacks on health workers taking part in vaccination efforts. He said that he would personally lead the anti-polio drive and warned that the country risked being quarantined internationally if the attacks continued. Pakistan is one of only a few countries where the polio virus is still rampant.
Mr. Khan has supported peace talks with Taliban militants and opposes the Pakistani military’s operations against them in the semiautonomous tribal regions adjoining Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. He also vehemently opposes drone strikes by the United States Central Intelligence Agency and says civilian casualties from the missile strikes fuel more militancy, instead of curbing it.