Missing no more: Body of Red Cross official found

Published: April 29, 2012

A Pakistani police official looks at the covered dead body of British aid worker Khalil Rasjed Dale (L), found on a road side in Quetta on April 29, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: The bullet-riddled body of a British employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who was kidnapped nearly four months earlier, was found dumped near Airport Road in Quetta on Sunday morning.

Dr Khalil Ahmed Dale, a Yemen-born British national, was kidnapped on January 5, by a group of armed men near his office in the Chaman Housing Scheme — a high-security zone where offices of all international organisations are located.

According to Superintendent Police Malik Arshid, the body was found in a gunny bag dumped near the Killi Umar area on Airport Road.

“A local official of ICRC identified him as Dr Khalil Ahmed Dale,” Arshid told reporters.

The body was shifted to Sandeman Provincial Hospital for autopsy. ”The body bore multiple bullet wounds and marks of tortures,” doctors said.

However, the body is yet to be identified by senior ICRC officials. “A team from ICRC was sent to the hospital to identify the body,” a senior official said. “For the time being we cannot confirm anything because we are gathering more information and senior officials are on their way to the hospital.”

Police found a note from the body in which the kidnappers wrote that they killed the ICRC official because the organisation did not fulfill their demands despite repeated warnings.

Deputy Inspector General (Investigations) Quetta had earlier claimed that the kidnappers had shifted Dr Dale to Waziristan.

The ICRC has also curtailed its activities in Pakistan, with the closure of three of its centres. In Balochistan the ICRC mainly focuses on health programmes, and supports several health centres, including a hospital and an orthopedic ward.

“The ICRC continued to support health centres and hospitals after the kidnapping of Dr Dale,” an official of the organisation said requesting anonymity.

The ICRC did not confirm if they had been approached for ransom money by the kidnappers. Relations with the British government are to become more tense following the tragic incident, observers said.

ICRC condemns

The ICRC confirmed and condemned the murder of its staff member Dale.

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

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

‘Senseless and cruel’

Britain condemned and called the killing of Dale as “senseless and cruel”.

London had tried tirelessly to secure the release of the 60-year-old ICRC worker, Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.

“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,” said Hague.

Reader Comments (33)

  • Apr 29, 2012 - 4:17PM

    CIA backed people now started killing CIA backed people

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  • saeed
    Apr 29, 2012 - 5:28PM

    time to start taking responsibility , stop blaming other people

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  • Pakistan politics ke baap
    Apr 29, 2012 - 6:32PM

    ” CIA backed people now started killing CIA backed people “

    You’ll only start respecting these brave workers who give up the comfort of their home countries to work for the betterment of people not as lucky as them when they don’t come to Pakistan anymore due to safety reasons.

    Then people like you will be crying for more aid.

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  • jamal
    Apr 29, 2012 - 6:39PM

    if CIA did that, law enforcement agencies have responsibility to nab the external agencies

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  • Azim
    Apr 29, 2012 - 6:47PM

    Loss of human life should always be treated with regrets and respect.

    The doctor was doing good for poor and was working for a noble case, so this must be a sad news for poor who were getting some sort of help from the project and a doctor.

    Our country is fast getting infested with criminals, some blame this to west, some to leadership but most don’t blame them self for what has happened.

    Anyhow tragic news, but guess this is becoming business as usual for the people of Pakistan, so surely not worth any attention and correction.

    We the people of Pakistan must save Pakistan, or should I say 180 million individuals must try to save them-self and families from a future that will be very painful as well as shameful.

    Coming elections we will have to make the choice, as well as every day we will have to be ready to secrify and do the right things not just discuss and talk.

    Pakistan zindabad

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  • Cautious
    Apr 29, 2012 - 7:12PM

    Lots of condemnation from outside of Pakistan — but your govt and religious leaders remain mute – shame on you.

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  • soul for peace
    Apr 29, 2012 - 7:28PM

    @ Azim, thank you bro, for making sound of rationale in this dim of nonsense being written.

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  • Faraz
    Apr 29, 2012 - 7:29PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    SHAME on people like you who come up with their ridiculous conspiracy theories all the time…loss of life is loss of life but insensitive people like you who have been brainwashed will remain in their fantasy world. Stop this- CIA nonsense over everything. Recommend

  • s shah
    Apr 29, 2012 - 7:55PM

    @Pakistan Politics: Shame on you. What a senseless remark. A human being who was serving the poor has been brutally murdered and this is the best you can say ? May Allah SWT rest the doctor’s soul in peace.

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  • Apr 29, 2012 - 8:53PM

    I can understand why profit-seeking kidnappers would kill their captive for not being paid but not why they would torture him. The implication is that if they had been paid their captive would still not have been released unharmed – that their goal was sadistic pleasure as much or more than profit.
    So why should anyone deal with these kidnappers in the future? It makes more sense to spend blood and money to stamp them out.

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  • Waqas
    Apr 29, 2012 - 8:57PM

    This man was helping the poor in Pakistan, does any muslim helps non-islamic countries or non-muslims?

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  • Naeem khan
    Apr 29, 2012 - 9:53PM

    RIP Dr Khalil Ahmed Dale, my heart goes out the greiving family of Dr.Dale.

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  • Development Worker
    Apr 29, 2012 - 10:44PM

    @ Pakistan Politics: Shame on you!!! Dr Dale came all the way from their home to live and serve your fellow citizens and people like you celebrate his death!!

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  • PakPunjabi
    Apr 29, 2012 - 10:45PM

    Well, I can surely say that this good man (Dr. Khalil Ahmed Dale) is a TRUE martyr. A role model for those who want to do Jihad. This is how to do it – help fellow Muslims and dying in the path of Allah. My role model.
    May Allah grant paradise to this TRUE martyr and strengthen the hearts of his family members! Ameen!

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  • A Khan
    Apr 29, 2012 - 11:00PM

    The issue is that these killers resort to ‘soft targets’ when they cant come out in open and convince and prove their ideology logically.

    Hats off to guys like Dr. Dale who leave heir country and server the ‘foreigners’.

    May Allah rest his soul in peace !!!!!

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  • M Khan
    Apr 29, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Cant express how it feels to know that someone so nice and humble like Khalil is no more among us in this world. I believe The ICRC should not just shut down its offices in Quetta but reconsider running its sub-del in Peshawar and Karachi and its Delegation in Islamabad. Pakistan isn’t a place for sincere helpers like the ICRC.
    Khalil Rasjed Dale, you will be remembered for ages to come. May Allah the Almighty rest your soul in peace. Ameen

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  • Ahmed
    Apr 29, 2012 - 11:25PM

    whoever did this…but you have to look at your house..WHY these type of news spread with Pakistan’s name tagged? A person has been brutally killed and all we can talk about the CIA, America etc…why cant we sort our own house, why dont we have respect for human life?

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  • Iqbal
    Apr 29, 2012 - 11:51PM

    @Pakistan Politics
    Your thinking is like those coming from the medieval times where violence ruled. Dr Dale was a charity worker helping the poor and it has nothing to do with the CIA or RAW.
    In 2002 President Musharraf said:
    “Today we are the poorest, the most illiterate, the most backward, the most unhealthy, the most un-enlightened, the most deprived, and the weakest of all the human race ”
    How right he was. The Muslims of this world have been left behind partly because of people like you and the corrupt thinking of all Pakistan Governments. I hate to say this but even Mr Jinnah got it wrong. Your brothers next door are miles ahead of you and any time now will have to take over the administration of Pakistan.
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  • true muslim
    Apr 30, 2012 - 12:10AM

    Salute to bravo Dr Khalil Ahmad who left his home for ture Jihad against ignorance and to be a helping hand for poor and disadvantaged people of Balochistan. I am sure that he had everything at his home in UK, but he sacrificed his life and everything for this good cause.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 30, 2012 - 12:36AM

    What is the point of trying to help these people??? When its obvious they can not help themselves and won’t allow others to do also !!
    Is it any wonder that Global Community views this Nation with contempt and concern.

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Apr 30, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Every Paki, especially Pakistan Politics MUST read the comments in the Article in the skynews website about this article.

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  • Truth
    Apr 30, 2012 - 12:43AM

    Please remove all foreign aid workers. It’s the responsibility of ppp govt. they should be one getting murdered not these foreign aid workers

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Apr 30, 2012 - 12:48AM

    I must say I am touched by the sentiments expressed here.

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  • Dr Jamil Chaudri
    Apr 30, 2012 - 1:04AM

    Dr Dale we will remember you as a God fearing person who served humanity in need. You embraced Islam for its ability to lift human life to transcendence. In your life you have touched many, who will remember you as an embodiment of selfless service to God’s creatures.
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    Dr Dale’s murder is a deed most foul and carried out by despicable fascists posing in the Green Mantle.
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    I pray for God to grant Dr Dale a place in Paradise, among his chosen.
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    I hope The Medical School in Quetta creates an endowed chair in Dr Dale’s name, by collecting money through public subscription. If such an effort is made, I will contribute $500-1’000 towards such a fund.

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  • Cosmo
    Apr 30, 2012 - 1:35AM

    @Pakistan politics: Have some shame!! He was working for the betterment of P A K I S T A N I S!

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  • Vikram
    Apr 30, 2012 - 1:40AM

    May be he got killed because of his last name Dale. I just saw this news “16 killed in Nigeria university Church service attack.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 30, 2012 - 1:49AM

    Very sad incident indeed. A doctor helping poor people cannot be other than a Messiah. Shame on us for creating such circumstances where some one’s humanity is doubted.

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  • Skin Taj
    Apr 30, 2012 - 1:51AM

    This is a senseless and shameful act from those very few/minority dark forces to whom majority of moderate and sensible people of PAKISTAN are held hostage too.

    Pakistani moderate, rationale, sane, judicious and bit confused masses are unable to stand against these fanatics and radical terrorists, on their own.

    These temperate and sensible people need support, specially from the well wishers in World.

    They should not be ignored and let on their own as the consequences of their failure to withstand pressure from these fundamentalists, will be devastating for the region, Europe, USA and in fact will have negative global repercussions.

    We the civilised world should extend a helping hand to these moderate but helpless majority masses in Pakistan no matter how much negative image we have had been projected by the media about Pakistan.

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  • rehmat
    Apr 30, 2012 - 2:46AM

    @Skin Taj: “Pakistani moderate, rationale, sane, judicious and bit confused masses are unable to stand against these fanatics and radical terrorists, on their own.
    These temperate and sensible people need support, specially from the well wishers in World.
    They should not be ignored and let on their own as the consequences of their failure to withstand pressure from these fundamentalists, will be devastating for the region, Europe, USA and in fact will have negative global repercussions.”

    The notion that moderate Pakistanis are held hostage to the few extremists is laughable. Of what use is your 500,000 strong army if it cannot prevent a 10,000 strong TTP from holding a 180 million people country hostage? You are also saying that aid workers should continue to go to Pakistan where they will be labelled as CIA and killed? And if Western nations fail to do so then Pakistan based terror outfits will attack their citizens too? How long do you think this type of blackmail can continue? Rest of the world will hold Pakistan and Pakistanis accountable for their actions.

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  • Raj - USA
    Apr 30, 2012 - 5:40AM

    @Cautious: ”
    Lots of condemnation from outside of Pakistan — but your govt and religious leaders remain mute – shame on you.”

    Forget religious leaders. Even the leaders like NS & IK are silent. Would they have the moral courage to attend the funeral of Dr. Dale ?

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  • Nikarish
    Apr 30, 2012 - 9:27AM

    Pakistan,the land where once the indus civilazation is now overtaken by moraless people in the govt.

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  • Jai
    Apr 30, 2012 - 7:49PM

    So sad for his family. God rest his soul. Are these kidnappers human?. This person Dr. Khalil must’ve left his family to help out your people and they killed him for ransom. A trained Dr. who spent years acquiring knowledge of medicine, to help mankind and his life ended by some worthless illiterate Mullah wannabes. Nobody will ever want to help Pakistan out. You people are your own worst enemies.

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  • May 2, 2012 - 2:16PM

    It has been proved by this brutal murder,
    efforts being made to ending the insurgency
    are insufficient, it needs to change the strategy.

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