Three workers in a polio eradication campaign were shot in Pakistan on Wednesday, and two of them were killed, the latest in an unprecedented string of attacks over the past three days that has partially halted the UN-backed campaign.

The United Nations in Pakistan has pulled all staff involved in the campaign off the streets.

The government said immunisation was continuing in some areas without UN support although many workers refused to go out. Women health workers held protests in Karachi and Islamabad. – Photos by AFP, AP and Reuters

A Pakistani health worker marks an infant after immunisation with anti-polio drops an infant in a Christian colony situated in the slums of Islamabad. ? Photo by AP

Bushra Arian, head of the All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Welfare Association, shouts slogan during a protest against the killing of anti-polio drive campaign workers.? Photo by Reuters

A worker of an anti-polio drive shouts slogans during a protest rally organized by the Vaccinators Welfare Association against the killing of her colleagues in Karachi. ? Photo by Reuters

A Pakistani polio vaccination worker gives polio vaccine drops to a young girl in Peshawar. ? Photo by AFP

Pakistani polio vaccination workers shout slogans against the killing of their colleagues during a protest in Islamabad. ? Photo by AP

Pakistani polio vaccination workers shout slogans against the killing of their colleagues during a protest in Karachi. ? Photo by AFP

A woman from the All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Welfare Association draws crosses over an anti-polio drive poster, signalling a boycott of the ongoing campaign due to security concerns. ? Photo by Reuters

A Pakistani polio vaccination worker gives polio vaccine drops to a young girl in Peshawar. ? Photo by AFP

A Pakistani injured polio worker is treated at a local hospital in Peshawar. ? Photo by AP

A policeman takes part in an operation against the suspected killers of anti-polio workers in Sohrab Goth area in Karachi. ? Photo by Reuters

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aliya
Dec 20, 2012 08:41am
Spineless leaders spoiling a great country..
Cyrus Howell
Dec 19, 2012 08:40pm
It is the average man, the ?little man? who is ultimately responsible for the spread of fascism. -- Wilhelm Reich - What is this except religious fascism that Pakistan has fallen prey to?
Cyrus Howell
Dec 20, 2012 06:52pm
When we look at the above photo we can see women in Pakistan are becoming more involved in demanding good governance.
mehmood h. bhanji
Dec 20, 2012 08:03pm
If the people are really interested elimination of polio why they do not come out in the street and protest and demand that the Govt., the Supreme Court and the Parliment give total protection to Polio program and any crime or threath against any person associated with the Polio will be considered as the same as crime against the President, Chief Justice or Chief of Staff of the armed forces and carry the same penalty
Yawar
Dec 21, 2012 04:44am
This is what happens when a loaded gun is put into the hands of an illiterate, brain-washed, conspiracy-minded person. And then instead of unleashing our anger and disgust towards such people and their supporters, what do we do, show pity towards the victims and blame the government for not providing protection while the killers roam freely amongst us.