Ironically, the kidnapped Scottish Red Cross nurse who was found decapitated, dumped by the side of a Quetta, Pakistan road covered in plastic with a note attached saying “This is the body of Khalil who we have slaughtered for not paying a ransom amount” was a Muslim convert. 60-year-old Khalil Rasjed Dale (fka Ken) converted to Islam 30 years ago. I wonder if he ever envisioned having his head chopped off by fellow believers?
Dale had been working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) when he was kidnapped on January 5th. He was driving with two others, a Pakistani doctor and a driver, but there was no interest in those two because obviously there was no monetary gain to be had. Foreign aid workers are often targets because they are potential cash cows.
In spite of "tireless efforts" to gain Dale's release by the British government (working in tandem with the ICRC), the fact that no money exchanged hands effectively secured his death sentence. Both Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague and the ICRC's Director General Yves Daccord condemned the act:
“The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act. 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 Dale,” Hague said in the statement.
Dale had been shot and beheaded, but who knows if he was still alive when they sliced his head off. According to Safdar Hussain,the doctor who examined his body, “A sharp knife was used to sever his head from the body.” Not surprisingly, there's a video of his beheading that the butchers have threatened to release, but the ICRC has asked the Pakistani media to not air it. Who knows if they will comply.
It's time aid organizations pull out of that whole region.
Sources: Guardian UK, Al Arabiya, Daily Mail