Missing Pakistani journalist probing Indian citizen's case found after 2 years

A Pakistani female journalist, who was abducted two years ago for pursuing the case of a jailed Indian engineer, has been rescued by the security forces from an area along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Thursday night.

The 26-year-old Zeenat Shahzadi was abducted on August 19, 2015 by unknown armed men when she was traveling by an auto-rickshaw in Lahore. After taking this assignment he said he would continue as the chief of the missing persons' commission.

Human rights activist Hina Jillani, in a 2016 interview with BBC Urdu, alleged that Shahzadi had once told her family that she had been "forcibly taken away by security agencies", detained for four hours and questioned about Hamid. "Non-state actors and anti-state agencies had abducted her and she has been rescued from their custody", he added.

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". "I am thrilled that she is home safe", human rights activist Beena Sarwar said.

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Shocked at her disappearance, her brother had committed suicide in March a year ago. Fauzia was happy to hear the news of Zeenat being rescued, she said,"I was asked earlier that between Zeenat and my son whom I would want to be released first and I had said Zeenat".

"At the time of her disappearance, Shahzadi was working to find Nehal Hamid Ansari, an Indian citizen who disappeared in Pakistan in 2012. 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. He is accused of entering Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region illegally from Afghanistan to meet and marry a Pashtun girl.

Zeenat went missing after filing an application with Pakistan's Supreme Court on behalf of Hamid Nehal Ansari's mother, Fauzia a professor in Mumbai college.

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  • Adam Floyd