Monday, April 30, 2012

Red Cross Doctor Found Beheaded in Pakistan

Red Cross Doctor Found Beheaded in Pakistan


Red Cross Doctor Found Beheaded in Pakistan, The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found dumped by the roadside on Sunday in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta, police and Red Cross officials said.
Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was abducted by suspected militants on Jan. 5 while on his way home from work.
“The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act,” ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said in a statement. “All of us at the ICRC and at the British Red Cross share the grief and outrage of Khalil’s family and friends.”

British Foreign Secretary William Hague also condemned the killing.

“This was a senseless and cruel act, targeting someone whose role was to help the people of Pakistan, and causing immeasurable pain to those who knew Dale,” Hague said in the statement.

Police discovered Dale’s head and body wrapped in plastic near a western bypass road. His name was written on the white plastic bag with black marker.

“A sharp knife was used to sever his head from the body,” said Safdar Hussain, the first doctor to examine the body. “He was killed about 12 hours ago.”

Quetta is the capital of southwestern Baluchistan, Pakistan’s biggest but poorest province, where Baluch separatist militants are fighting a protracted insurgency for more autonomy and control over the area’s natural resources.

Pro-Taliban militants are also active in the province, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.

Dale had worked for the ICRC and the British Red Cross in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq before coming to Pakistan. He had been managing a health program for Baluchistan for almost a year when he was abducted, the ICRC statement said.

“We are devastated,” Daccord said. “Khalil was a trusted and very experienced Red Cross staff member who significantly contributed to the humanitarian cause.”

Four health workers, including two doctors, were kidnapped by militants the week before Dale’s disappearance from the Pishin area of Baluchistan, near Quetta. They were freed after a shootout between police and their kidnappers.
The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside on Sunday in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta, police and Red Cross officials said.
Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was abducted by suspected militants on Jan 5 while on his way home from work.
"The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act," ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said in a statement. "All of us at the ICRC and at the British Red Cross share the grief and outrage of Khalil's family and friends."This was a senseless and cruel act, targeting someone whose role was to help the people of Pakistan, and causing immeasurable pain to those who knew Mr. Dale," Hague said in the statement.
A senior police officer said the Pakistan Taliban had claimed responsibility for the killing, saying a ransom had not been paid.
Police discovered Dale wrapped in plastic near a western bypass road. His name was written on the white plastic bag with black marker.
A sharp knife was used to sever his head from the body," said Safdar Hussain, the first doctor to examine the body. "He was killed about 12 hours ago."
Dale is only the third Westerner killed in such a fashion in Pakistan. The others include Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and Piotr Stanczak, a Polish geologist, in 2009.
The Pakistan Taliban has been fighting a bloody insurgency against the Pakistani state since its formation in 2007. It is close to al Qaida and it claimed credit for a failed car bomb attempt in New York's Times Square in May 2010.
Quetta is the capital of southwestern Baluchistan, Pakistan's biggest but poorest province, where Baluch separatist militants are fighting a protracted insurgency for more autonomy and control over the area's natural resources.
Pro-Taliban militants are also active in the province, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.
Dale had worked for the ICRC and the British Red Cross in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq before coming to Pakistan. He had been managing a health program for Baluchistan for almost a year when he was abducted, the ICRC statement said.
"We are devastated," Daccord said. "Khalil was a trusted and very experienced Red Cross staff member who significantly contributed to the humanitarian cause."
The health programme manager from Dumfries, Scotland, was travelling home from a school in the troubled Baluchistan province in a clearly marked Red Cross vehicle when he was stopped and kidnapped.
He had been working in the country for a year after postings in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Friends said Mr Dale – who started his career as a nurse at Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary – had been planning to travel to Australia to marry his partner Anne, who he is believed to have met while working abroad.
He had previously returned to Scotland to look after his mother, Margaret, who died in 2007.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said he learned of the death ‘with great sadness’, adding that ‘tireless efforts’ had been made to secure Mr Dale’s release.
Mr Hague said: ‘I utterly condemn the kidnapping and killing of Mr Dale, and send my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. This was a senseless and cruel act.’
Mr Dale’s brother Ian, who lives in New Zealand, travelled to Pakistan ten days after he was taken to try to secure his release. At the time he said police had identified the group involved.Speaking earlier this year to appeal for his release, Mr Dale’s step-niece, Justine Barber, 41, described him as an honourable man doing an honest job.
She said: ‘He is a lovely man whose lifelong ambition has been to serve those less fortunate.’
Friends of Mr Dale last night described him as ‘an absolutely lovely guy’ who had devoted his life to caring for others.

Mr Dale's step-niece, Justine Barber
Retired nurse Sheila Howat, a former colleague, said: ‘It’s dreadful what has happened to him, really awful. The world has lost someone who really cared for others.
‘I think the circumstances are absolutely barbaric and disgraceful. He did not deserve that end to his life.
‘I knew him as Ken, and he was an absolutely lovely person, devoted to caring for others less fortunate than himself.
‘He spent time in war-torn countries where help was needed and people were desperate, and that was Ken’s goal in life.’
She plans to contact other friends of Mr Dale to arrange a memorial service in Dumfries where he was a member of Friends of the Earth and the Coalition for Peace and Justice.
Mr Dale – who was born in Yemen and was fluent in Arabic and Swahili – had been no stranger to danger.
On previous assignments with the Red Cross, he had been imprisoned and tortured and robbed at gunpoint.
In 1994, he was awarded an MBE for his humanitarian work in some of the world’s hot spots.
A Red Cross spokesman said it ‘condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act’.
He added: ‘We are devastated. Khalil was a trusted and very experienced staff member who significantly contributed to the humanitarian cause.’
Police said Mr Dale’s body was found in an orchard near Quetta. Police chief Ahsan Mahboob verified details and wording of the note on his body.
Pakistan, April 29 (Reuters) - The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside on Sunday in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta, police and Red Cross officials said.

Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was abducted by suspected militants on Jan. 5 while on his way home from work.

"The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act," ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said in a statement. "All of us at the ICRC and at the British Red Cross share the grief and outrage of Khalil's family and friends."

Police discovered Dale wrapped in plastic near a western bypass road in the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province where Baluch separatist militants are fighting a protracted insurgency for more autonomy.

His name was written on the white plastic bag with black marker.

"A sharp knife was used to sever his head from the body," said Safdar Hussain, the first doctor to examine the body. "He was killed about 12 hours ago."

Dale had worked for the ICRC and the British Red Cross in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq before coming to Pakistan. He had been managing a health programme for Baluchistan for almost a year when he was abducted, the ICRC statement said.

"We are devastated," Daccord said. "Khalil was a trusted and very experienced Red Cross staff member who significantly contributed to the humanitarian cause."

British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the killing.

"This was a senseless and cruel act, targeting someone whose role was to help the people of Pakistan, and causing immeasurable pain to those who knew Mr Dale," Hague said in the statement.

The Pakistani foreign office promised to hold the killers accountable.

"The Government of Pakistan condemns this barbaric act in the strongest terms and is determined to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice," a statement from the Foreign Office said.

"Pakistan is committed to combat terrorism and the death of Mr. Dale has only strengthened our resolve to eliminate this scourge."

Dale is the third Westerner killed in such a fashion in Pakistan. The others include Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and Piotr Stanczak, a Polish geologist, in 2009.

A senior police officer said the Pakistan Taliban had claimed responsibility for the killing, saying a ransom had not been paid.

The Pakistan Taliban have been fighting a bloody insurgency against the Pakistani state since its formation in 2007. It is close to al Qaeda and it claimed credit for a failed car bomb attempt in New York's Times Square in May 2010.

Pro-Taliban militants are also active in Baluchistan, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.

In March, a Swiss couple that had been abducted in Baluchistan showed up at an army checkpoint after eight months of captivity. Militants said a ransom had been paid, but this wad never confirmed.

Four health workers, including two doctors, were kidnapped by militants the week before Dale's disappearance from the Pishin area of Baluchistan, near Quetta. They were freed after a shootout between police and their kidnappers.

And in August 2011, American aid worker Warren Weinstein was kidnapped from his home in Lahore. Al Qaeda later claimed responsibility for the abduction.

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