Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after two years in captivity

Zeenat Shehzadi

Zeenat Shehzadi

Pakistan's Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) Chief Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Friday evening said the journalist was rescued from a region located along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Thursday night. It has been revealed that some non-actors and enemy agencies had kidnapped her back then.

Shahzadi, who had spoken up against the disappearance of people, went missing in August 2015 while on the trail of an Indian citizen Hamid Ansari who, it was reported, had been caught by Pakistani agencies.

Well-known Pakistani journalist and rights activist Beena Sarwar tweeted about Shahzadi being found: "Thrilled that the disappeared activist-journalist Zeenat Shehzadi is home safe".

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Zeenat Shahzadi was abducted on August 19, 2015 by unknown armed men when she was traveling by an auto-rickshaw in Lahore.

The reporter's family and human rights organizations believe that she was kidnapped by Pakistani intelligence agencies because she spoke in favor of an "Indian spy".

It may be recalled that Hamid was sent on a three-year imprisonment by Pakistan on charges of espionage. The two had been in touch on daily basis before her kidnapping. "I don't even know what what condition she was in for the past two years and what she might have gone through", Ms. Ansari said. With the help of social media, she was able to contact Ansari's mother in India and filed a case with the Supreme Court on her behalf. Deciding that he had to see her, Ansari reportedly entered Pakistan illegally via Afghanistan, failing to obtain a visa. It was a result of this action on the part of Zeenat that the security forces were bound to agree that Hamid was in their custody. She informed Ansari's mother in Mumbai about Ansari's custody with police. However, her disappearance hit the headlines when her brother, Saddam, 17, committed suicide in March 2016. Her elder brother, Salman, had told the Dawn that Hussain was disturbed due to their sister's disappearance.

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