'Missing' journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after more than 2 years


Security forces on Saturday recovered "missing" journalist Zeenat Shahzadi from the Old City, who had been missing since two years.

CIED's chief Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal told the media that non-state actors and anti-state agencies had abducted Zeenat.

According to human rights activist Hina Jilani, Shehzadi was traveling to her office on August 19, 2015 when armed men in two Corolla cars intercepted her rickshaw and abducted her. "I am thrilled that she is home safe", said rights activist Beena Sarwar.

Shahzadi was believed to have "forcibly disappeared" while working on the case of Indian citizen Hamid Ansari.

"Tribal elders in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa played an important role in her recovery on Wednesday night from near the Pak-Af border", Iqbal was quoted as saying to BBC Urdu.

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Ms. Shahzadi got in touch with his family in 2013. She knew that her son had gone to Afghanisatan in search of a job in November 2012.

According to Zeenat's family, she had been receiving threatening phone calls asking her not to pursue Ansari's case before her alleged enforced disappearance.

Zeenat Shahzadi was trying to help out Hamid Ansari who was in police custody for illegally entering Pakistan to meet a girl. The Commission of Inquiry ordered the registration of a First Information Report (FIR), a missing person's petition, for Ansari in 2014. It was later reported that the court sentenced him to three years in prison on the charges of espionage and illegally entering Pakistan.

Soon afterwards, Shahzadi was allegedly detained by security agencies and questioned about Hamid. She was working with Daily Nai Khaber and also Metro News Channel at the time of her abduction. Law enforcement agencies exercise unrestricted powers under the Pakistan Protection Act of 2014.

Shocked at her disappearance, her brother had committed suicide in March a year ago.

My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national.