Commons tributes to murdered pair
Two Britons killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan have been praised in Parliament for their efforts to rebuild the country.
International adviser Del Singh, 39, from Southampton, and Simon Chase, a former British soldier from Limavady, Co Londonderry, died in the attack at a restaurant in Kabul.
International Development Secretary Justine Greening told the Commons at the start of her department's question time session today: "Can I just say how shocked and saddened I was to hear of the deaths of Britain's Simon Chase and Del Singh in the recent bomb attack in Kabul?
"Both were part of the efforts to help rebuild Afghanistan and Del was an employee of Adam Smith International working on a Dfid programme and our thoughts are with their families."
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield) said Mr Singh, also a Labour candidate for the European parliament, could be best remembered by increasing the efforts to end the blockade of Gaza in Palestine.
In a question to International Development Minister Alan Duncan, the Labour MP said: "Somebody who did so much to draw attention to the plight of the people living in Gaza was somebody who represented Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East in the Gaza marathon two years ago and then in the Bethlehem marathon - that was Del Singh... Could I ask you to join with me in remembering Del Singh and to say he could be best remembered by us all redoubling our efforts to bring an end to the blockade of Gaza?"
Mr Duncan replied: "I wholly endorse what you have said. We offer our condolences and full sympathy for his death. And I think it would be a tribute to him for all of us to raise the issue of the humanitarian challenge now facing Gaza.
"It is no exaggeration to say come the autumn it could be a place without food, without power and without clean water and under one UN report there is the prediction that essentially, in what they say, it would become an unliveable place, they mean that it risks becoming unfit for human habitation."