Missing Pak journalist rescued after over two years

Abducted journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered claims BBC Urdu
'Missing' Lahore journalist Zeenat Shehzadi recovered after two years

23 October, 2017

The first female journalist, Zeenat Shehzadi, who mysteriously went missing in Lahore in 2015, has returned home safely. She was recovered on Wednesday night from near the Pak-Afghan border, the report said.

Activist Hina Jillani had in 2016 told BBC that Shahzadi had informed her family that she was detained by security forces for questioning them about Ansari.

Zeenat Shahzadi, a 26-year-old reporter of daily "Nai Khaber" and Metro News TV channel, went missing on August 19, 2015, when some unidentified men allegedly kidnapped her while she was en route to her office in an auto-rickshaw from her home in a populated locality of Lahore.

Tribal elders in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa played an important role in her recovery, the reports said.

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In 2015, Zeenat had filed an application with the Pakistan Supreme Court's Human Rights Cell on behalf of Hamid's mother Fauzia Ansari. I am happy that she is with her family and pray for her well being,"Ansari said". Shahzadi was in contact with her mother and went out of the way to help her. Hamid was imprisoned for three years after Zeenat went missing. I called back and Zeenat introduced herself and said that she would want to help me. Ansari is still in jail.

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

Shahzadi was reported to have been abducted by Pakistani agencies.

Latif added, "Zeenat received threats from unknown persons who asked her not to pursue the case anymore. The next thing I heard was that she had disappeared", Ms. Ansari recalled, speaking to The Hindu. She said she didn't know who abducted her but said she strongly pursued Hamid's case with the government. The application was accepted and forwarded to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances. "In addition to the missing persons' crisis, Pakistan ranks sixth in the Committee to Protect Journalists' list of the 20 deadliest countries for journalists in the world, and as the ninth worst country in the world for impunity for crimes against journalists", it said.

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