SWABI - Following the killing of its seven workers including six females in Swabi,the charity‘Support With Working Solution (SWWS)has temporarily suspended its operations. The SWWS said Wednesday that it would decide on its operations after meeting with donors and officials of law enforcing agencies. Javid Akhtar, executive director of the SWWS, told TheNation that his organisation had suspended its activities for three days to mourn the deathsof its employees and it will decide after three days whether to start work again or not. He said ‘they got no threats from any quarter and the attack was quite unexpected.Akhtarsaid ‘they’ were planning to meet with senior district administrative officials to discuss the provision of security for their workers. "We have also planned to meet with our donors, the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund and United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNDA)to have their suggestions and to know how they would assist us in coping with the situation."At present there is a complete silence and none of the donors said anything about the future activities. No doubt the situation is very critical."The organisation runs dozens of health and education projects, including polio vaccinations, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Health and education programmes, particularly those for girls, are seen as being at particular risk.The six women - five of them teachers and one a health visitor - and a male health technician were ambushed by gunmen on motorbikes on Tuesday as they were returning from a community centre in Swabi.A four-year-old boy was spared when the gunmen removed him from the same vehicle before spraying it with gunfire, police said.The dead bodies were handed over to heirs after autopsy in Bacha Khan Medical Complex. The driver, who survived the attack and was shifted to Peshawar Lady Reading Hospital,is recovering and his family members said that he was out of danger.Meanwhile, aid groups demanded greater protection amid concerns of a new spike in violence after the killing of aid workers.The attack - which has not been claimed - adds to fears that charity workers are increasingly vulnerable, particularly in the northwest which is badly affected by militancy.An umbrella organisation of around 200 charities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa demanded better protection, but vowed to continue working to not encourage "those who are opposed to progress"."We have to stand up and foil the nefarious designs of anti-state elements who are bent upon destroying the fabric of civil society. We all have to strengthen our voice otherwise we will perish," said the Pakhtunkhwa Civil Society Network.It demanded government protection for charity workers "vulnerable to the menace of terrorism" but some charity workers express doubt about government capacity."How can a state protect its people if it can't protect its ministers?" asked Imran Takkar, programme manager of the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child.Imtiaz Iltaf, police chief of Peshawar, said officers were preparing a strategy to protect aid workers."We are in a state of war. The whole country is facing an insurgency, so we are revising the present security steps and working on a new strategy," he said.He elaborated that his NGO was working in the militancy-hit areas like Swat, Dir, South Waziristan, Peshawar, Swabi and DI Khan. "Our activities in all theseareas have been suspended soon after the Anbar incident and we could not say anything about the future plan." People from every walk of life condemned the killings and demanded that the NGOs members and the district administration should take precautionary measures for the protection of field workers.It is reported that all NGOs in the district have restricted their activities to ensure security for their staff.