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Murdered aid worker honoured

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.

Khalil very much saw himself as someone who just got on with his job, wherever that happened to be. He would have been very humbled by this accolade, which is testament to the lives he changed and the legacy he leaves behind.

Khalil was loved and respected by many people. I am extremely proud my brother – and the work he carried out over many years to make a difference for others – has been recognised in such a wonderful way.

– Khalil's brother, Ian Dale


Murdered Dumfries man nominated for humanitarian award

Khalil Dale Credit: ITV Border

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 asks if reward is offered for Khalil Dale's killers

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:

"I do appreciate the need for discretion regarding the information made publicly available by the Red Cross while attempting to secure Mr Dale's release and the continuing need not to let publicity to interfere with solving this brutal crime, but I wonder if the First Minister is able to provide any comfort to Mr Dale's family and friend's regarding what actions were taken after the 26th of January and indeed if he has any information about who may be responsible for his abduction.

"Any I wonder how we in Scotland can assist with solving this crime. For example, has any consideration been given to providing a reward for information leading to prosecution of the perpetrators?"

– Elaine Murray MSP

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:

"We have no reason to suppose as a Scottish Government that the Foreign Office did not act in the best interests of Khalil Dale in allowing the International Committee of the Red Cross to take the lead that was the request from the organisation. The responsibility that was claimed was well publicised and public declared, we have no reason to suppose that is not an accurate assessment and we will look carefully at any contribution we could make which would help the security of Scottish aid workers working internationally.

– Alex Salmond, First Minister

First Minister's Questions

The Scottish Parilament Credit: ITV Border

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.

Dale family statement

Khalil Dale's brother Ian, his friends Zia and Dora and fiancee Anne expressed their sadness with this statement:

"We are shocked and saddened beyond comprehension for the senseless and brutal way in which our beloved Khalil was murdered.

"At this painful time we feel many mixed emotions, including hurt, grief, confusion and anger. We particularly need time and space to grieve our loss, and do respectfully ask that the media respect this.

"During Khalil's abduction and following his death, there has been an overwhelming flood of support, kindness and love from all corners of the globe, and we are very humbled and grateful for this empathy and solidarity.

"In particular, we wish to thank the Red Cross and Red Crescent family across the world for their support and for their focus throughout on Khalil's safe release. We have been with them throughout this ordeal, and we know they share our grief.

"We do not wish to see the inhumanity and brutality of his death debase the memories we have of Khalil. Without question, Khalil was amongst the most gentle, most kind and most loving person we have ever known.

"For all who knew him, his deeply caring and considerate nature was what left a lasting impression.

"His tireless work with the most impoverished and vulnerable people of the world was a reflection of his beliefs in love, in solidarity and in compassion. He was a true humanitarian.

"We will not let the events of the past week sully Khalil's memory. Khalil was a better man than that. We pity those who took his life.

"He achieved much in this world. His life was one of love, not hatred. His life was one of kindness, not cruelty. His life was one of beauty and joy.

"We will always remember our Khalil, our Ken, as a man who brought joy to us and countless others."

– Family and friends of Khalil Dale


Tributes for murdered aid worker

Khalil Dale was found dead in Pakistan on Sunday Credit: ITV

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".