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Pakistan’s Nationwide Anti-Polio Campaign Stops After Attacks on Workers

Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio is still endemic. The other two are Afghanistan and Nigeria.

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Relatives sit beside the body of what they say is a female polio vaccinator who was killed by unidentified gunman, as they protest in front of the district commissioner office in Chaman, Pakistan, April 25, 2019. VOA

Pakistani health officials say the country has suspended a nationwide anti-polio campaign after a health worker and two policemen escorting vaccination teams were killed in separate attacks across the country in less than a week.

Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio is still endemic. The other two are Afghanistan and Nigeria.

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Pakistani health officials say the country has suspended a nationwide anti-polio campaign after a health worker and two policemen escorting vaccination teams were killed in separate attacks across the country in less than a week.Pixabay

But militant threats and deep-rooted superstition have spurred many parents to refuse to vaccinate their children.

Officials say unidentified gunmen targeted polio workers and police assigned to protect them in three separate attacks this past week, in the heavily rural western regions bordering Afghanistan, before fleeing.

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But militant threats and deep-rooted superstition have spurred many parents to refuse to vaccinate their children. Pixabay

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Saturday’s decision to halt the campaign against the crippling disease comes after two new polio cases were reported in the country’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (VOA)

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Pakistan Slips Two Places on Annual Global Index on Peacefulness, Finishing at 153 among 163 Countries

In its annual report, the Institute for Economics and Peace presented a comprehensive data-driven analysis on peace, economic value, trends

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The index was released on the occasion of the International Day of Peace on September 21. It's also known as World Peace Day. Pixabay

Pakistan has slipped two places on the annual global index on peacefulness, finishing at 153 among 163 countries. The index was released on the occasion of the International Day of Peace on September 21. It’s also known as World Peace Day.

In its annual report, the Institute for Economics and Peace presented a comprehensive data-driven analysis on peace, economic value, trends and how to develop peaceful societies.

The Sydney-based think-tank said the global peacefulness improved slightly in 2019. But overall peacefulness has deteriorated 3.78 per cent since 2008.

While Iceland continues to top the Global Peace Index (GPI) as the world’s most peaceful place, Afghanistan has replaced Syria as the most violent place.

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Pakistan has slipped two places on the annual global index on peacefulness, finishing at 153 among 163 countries. Pixabay

India, together with the Philippines, Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Pakistan are the nine countries with the highest climate hazard risk.

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India also has the seventh-highest overall natural hazard score in the world. (IANS)