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Christians re-launch campaign to find missing woman in Pakistan

by Hannah Tooley

The Let's Find Alison Campaign has re-begun to find Alison MacDonald who went missing thirty years ago on the border of India and Pakistan.

Alison's family say they have not given up hope of finding their daughter alive.

The British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) is now getting involved with the campaign after Alison's father, Revd Kenny MacDonald had a vision about meeting her.

Alison has been brought up Christian and her father is an ordained minister in the Free Church of Scotland.

She was a student at the time she went missing and had travelled to India with a friend, Liz Merry, because she believed God was calling her to serve there.

The friends arrived in Kashmir in August 7th 1981 and during their travels they visited the city of Srinagar, in the state of Jammu and Kasmir.

Both friends continued to northern India where they stayed in the Glacier Guest House.

Here the friends agreed to separate for a few days to explore. Alison's friend Liz went on a guided horse trek, however Alison stayed behind.

She was last seen at a bridge near the boarder with Pakistan, she was 19 years old. Alison went missing on 17th August.

As soon as Alison was reported missing, her father Revd Kenny MacDonald visited India.

He has travelled there 17 times since. Alison's mother Rita her brothers have also visited attempting to find her.

Revd Kenny MacDonald said: "Somebody must know her whereabouts.

"Her white skin would be very recognisable, and coupled with her distinctive Scottish accent it would be impossible for anyone in Pakistan to meet her without recognising these traits.

"There is absolutely no evidence that my daughter is dead and I firmly believe that she will be found alive" .

Jimmy Gunn, a friend of the MacDonald family, and also a member of the Free Church of Scotland, has been spearheading the campaign.

He said: "There have been many different leads over the years but we are still no closer to discovering Alison's whereabouts.

"We now have a strong belief that Alison was abducted and possibly married off to someone with influence. Our search, as a result of advice and the Lord's leading, has now focused our attention on Pakistan, Lahore in particular.

"We wish to contact various people groups in Pakistan and so approached Wilson Chowdhry, the chairman of the BPCA to assist us in reaching as many as possible with the details of our search for Alison."

Wilson Chowdhry, from the BPCA, said: "Previous investigations have focused on India but various factors have led the family to believe Alison was abducted and taken to Pakistan, which has a close border to this disputed territory.

"We are asking for any information that could lead to finding Alison which will be passed on to Jimmy Gunn.

"He will share this with Rev Kenny Macdonald and his wife Rita. Kenny is now 80 and his sight is not improving so this is a special appeal for help from the people of Pakistan."

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