Tributes have been paid to a British aid worker whose body was found dumped in an orchard in Pakistan.
Khalil Dale was abducted at gunpoint in January while working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Baluchistan province. His kidnappers left a note on his body, saying he had been killed because they had not received a ransom.
The 60-year-old Scot from Dumfries had been awarded the MBE for his humanitarian work overseas. Mr Dale, who changed his name from Ken when he became a Muslim, was engaged to be married and had been living in Pakistan for nearly a year.
Friend and former colleague Sheila Howat worked with Mr Dale at Dumfries Infirmary, where he was a staff nurse, and had known him for 25 years.
Mrs Howat said Mr Dale's fiancee Anne, who is also a nurse, lives in Australia.
She added: "I was so happy that he had finally found happiness. I think their engagement happened quite recently."
Mr Dale, who had shared a home with his mother in Dumfries until her death in 2007, also leaves a brother, who lives in New Zealand.
He was travelling home from a local school, in a clearly-marked ICRC vehicle, when kidnappers bundled him into a car in the city of Quetta on January 5.
The identities of his captors are unknown, but the region is home to separatist and Islamist militants who have kidnapped for ransom before.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
Foreign Secretary William Hague said he learned of the death "with great sadness", adding that "tireless efforts" had been made over the past months to secure Mr Dale's release.
Mr Hague said:
Mr Dale had worked for the ICRC and the British Red Cross for many years, the charity said, having previously been posted in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
British Red Cross chief executive Sir Nick Young said:
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said: