Missing Pak journalist rescued after over two years


Pakistani female journalist Zeenat Shahzadi, who went missing from Lahore on August 2015 while tracking an Indian prisoner accused of spying on Pakistan, has been found by the Pakistani security forces.

The chairperson of missing persons' commission, Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal, confirmed Shehzadi's return to BBC Urdu. She was recovered on Wednesday night from near the Pak-Afghan border, the report said.

The CJFE had held a rally on August 19 on the second anniversary of her kidnapping to bring attention to her case and call on the Canadian government to intervene with the Pakistani government for her release. Shahzadi was due to appear before the Commission on Enforced Disappearances just days after she disappeared. A Pakistan human right activist Hina Jillani had in 2016 told the BBC that Zeenat had informed her family that security agencies had "forcibly taken her away" and detained her for questioning about Ansari. "Non-state actors and anti-state agencies had abducted her and she has been rescued from their custody", he added. "I am thrilled that she is home safe", human rights activist Beena Sarwar said.

"My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national", he said.

"At the time of her disappearance, Shahzadi was working to find Nehal Hamid Ansari, an Indian citizen who disappeared in Pakistan in 2012".

Zeenat Shahzadi went missing two years back in 2015. "When she spoke to Ansari's mother she literally cried along with her and vowed to help", Latif said. He is accused of entering Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region illegally from Afghanistan to meet and marry a Pashtun girl.

According to Shahzadi's elder brother Salman, their younger brother Saddam Hussain had killed himself out of grief for his sister. We also asked her not to put her life at risk but she said she wanted to help Ansari out of humanity. She had filed an application with the Supreme Court's Human Rights Cell on behalf of Fauzia Ansari, Hamid's mother.