The MP for Dumfries and Galloway, Russell Brown, has paid tribute to Khalil Dale following the news that the former Dumfries resident was named posthumous winner of the 2013 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award. Mr Brown described Mr Dale as a "worthy winner" of the award.
Khalil Dale, an aid worker who was abducted and killed in Pakistan last year, has been honoured with an award. Mr Dale, who was brought up in Dumfries, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 Robert Burns Humanitarian Award.
Mr Dale, who was a nurse in Dumfries, joined the Red Cross in 1981. He worked in some of the world's most dangerous countries including Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. He was abducted in Pakistan in April 2012 and his body was found four months later.
A British Red Cross worker from Dumfries who was abducted and murdered in Pakistan has been shortlisted for a humanitarian honour.
Khalil Dale spent 30 years working for the charity before his death at the beginning of 2012.
He has been posthumously nominated for the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award, which recognises a group or individuals who have saved or improved the lives of others through their work.
His family has described the nomination as a 'fitting honour'.
Elaine Murray MSP has used First Ministers questions to ask Alex Salmond about the handling of Khalil Dale's kidnapping and subsequent murder. In the Scottish Parliament she said:
In Response the First Minister, Alex Salmond explained that The FCO and International Community of the Red Cross worked tirelessly with their collective resources to secure Khalil Dale's release. He said it was easy to say things could have been done differently and added:
At First Ministers Questions at the Scottish Parliament today Elaine Murray MSP is expected to question ministers about how much they knew about the capture and subsequent murder of Red Cross worker Khalil Dale from Dumfries.
Mr Dale was kidnapped in Pakistan in January, he was found murdered on Sunday. He allegedly had a note on his body saying he was killed because no ransom was paid to his captors.
Khalil Dale's brother Ian, his friends Zia and Dora and fiancee Anne expressed their sadness with this statement:
The family and friends of a British aid worker who was murdered in Pakistan have paid tribute to him.
Khalil Dale, from Dumfries, was found dead on Sunday, more than four months after being abducted whilst working for the International Red Cross.
In a statement released today, his brother Ian and fiancee Ann said they are shocked and saddened by the death.
They described the 60-year-old as "amongst the most gentle, most kind and most loving person we have ever known".