'Missing' Pak journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after 2 years

Missing Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi found near border with Afghanistan say officials

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The abducted female journalist Zeenat Shahzadi has been recovered from the border areas adjoining Afghanistan, two years after she was abducted from Lahore. "I am thrilled that she is home safe". Ansari went missing within the country in November 2012.

He also points out that the tribals from Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces have played a key role in her recovery.

A human rights activist, Beena Sarwar said, "Zeenat Shahzadi today has been reunited with her family in Lahore and we are happy for her safe recovery".

Shahzadi was reported to have been abducted by Pakistani agencies.

Soon after this, Zeenat had started receiving threat calls from unknown persons who told her not to pursue Ansari's case.

Hamid Ansari, a 27-year-old engineer and management graduate from Mumbai, went missing in Pakistan in 2013. He formed a relationship with a Pakistani woman over Facebook, and panicked when she told him that her parents were pushing her to marry someone else. He was arrested for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a girl he had befriended online, according to reports.

The Human Rights Index recovered 4,557 bodies of suspected victims of enforced disappearances during 2009-2015. After taking this assignment he said he would continue as the chief of the missing persons' commission.

"In January 2016, thanks to the efforts of Shahzadi, the Deputy Attorney General of Pakistan finally admitted that the Ministry of Defense had detained Ansari pending his trial in a military court".

Shahzadi was "forcibly disappeared" while she was working on the Indian citizen's case, according to PTI.

"Pakistan's intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has been known to target journalists".

Laws like the Pakistan Protection Act, 2014 and the Pakistan Protection Ordinance extend unobstructed powers to law enforcement agencies. "My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national", Shahzadi's brother, Salman Latif said.

Grief-stricken over her kidnapping, Shahzadi's brother Saddam Hussain had committed suicide in March previous year, making her disappearance the focus of headlines again. Find us on Facebook too!

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