7 more Pakistani aid workers murdered
Following a massacre of 8 charity workers last month, terrorists executed 7 more Pakistani aid workers - 6 of them women.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But the shooting, in the Swabi district of the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, fit a pattern of militant attacks against charity and aid workers across the country in recent weeks that officials have attributed to the Pakistani Taliban. The militant offensive has brought a wave international outrage, particularly because it has focused on vaccination and health workers in a country where polio and measles have made troubling gains.
The attack on Tuesday, near the village of Sher Afzal Banda, was conducted by two men on a motorcycle who opened fire on a van bringing the workers home, the police said. The dead worked for the private Pakistani aid group Support With Working Solution, which works in the health and education sectors.
"They opened fire and killed six females and one male," said Javed Akhtar, the executive director of the aid group, in a telephone interview. "One child, aged 7 to 8 years, miraculously survived." His group started out in 1991 and in conjunction with other aid groups has focused on Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province and on South Waziristan in the tribal region, both deeply affected by both poverty and militancy.
Five of the dead were young women who worked as teachers at a primary-level school the charity ran in the area, Mr. Akhtar said. The other two were health workers.
This is somewhat reminiscent of Pol Pot and the Cambodian Khmer Rouge executing anyone with glasses, especially teachers, because they believed them to be too westernized. In this case, the terrorists go after representatives of western medicine and education in the belief that not only may they be spies, but that what they do is "unislamic."
The victims include the people of Pakistan who desperately need the assistance. Western organizations will think twice about sending people into harms way if these murders continue.