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Last Updated: Monday, 23 April 2007, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Pakistan vigil for BBC's Gaza man
Journalists protest in Islamabad
Johnston frequently visited Pakistan when based in Kabul
Journalists in Pakistan have held a vigil calling for the release of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston who was abducted in Gaza six weeks ago.

Some 50 local journalists working in the capital, Islamabad, were joined by international correspondents based in the city.

The 44-year-old reporter has not been seen since he was seized at gunpoint on his way home in Gaza city on 12 March.

A multi-faith service has been held in London for his safe return.

The identity of his kidnappers is not clear and they have made no public ransom demands.

'Touch the heart'

The Islamabad vigil was held outside the federal parliament building.

Alan Johnston
Alan Johnston has been held captive for almost six weeks

Among those who took part were a number of Alan's BBC colleagues.

Alan Johnston worked as the BBC's Kabul correspondent based in Afghanistan in 1997 and 1998.

His work also took him frequently Pakistan.

"The way Alan used to mix with people, pick stories, it really used to touch the heart of ordinary people," said Zaffar Abbas, a former BBC Islamabad correspondent, and now a senior editor at the Dawn newspaper.

"That is what made Alan Johnston famous in Afghanistan. When people hear about his abduction they are really sad, and they genuinely want to see Alan free."

Meanwhile in London, people from different religious communities gathered for the vigil at St Martin in the Fields church in Trafalgar Square.


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