'Missing' Pak journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after 2 years

Laura Christensen
October 23, 2017

The abducted female journalist Zeenat Shahzadi has been recovered from the border areas adjoining Afghanistan, two years after she was abducted from Lahore.

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.

Mumbai: Prof Fauzia Ansari, the mother of Hamid Ansari, the engineer from Mumbai who has been held captive in a Pakistani jail since the past five years has expressed happiness over the news that Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shehzadi, who had disappeared while covering her son's case, has been rescued.

He further added that the journalist was recovered with the help of some tribal elders in Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

IA Rehman, the Human rights activists and former secretary general Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has advocated that Ansari should be released from Jail as he has already served his sentence.

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She said the family is joyous on her return but concerned over her mental health. After obtaining a special power of attorney, she had been working relentlessly for his release till she disappeared in August 2015.

Shahzadi had filed an application two years ago on behalf of the mother of Indian national Hamid Ansari with the Supreme Court's Human Rights Cell to admit that Ansari was in the custody of security agencies in Pakistan. "The next thing I heard was that she had disappeared", Ms. Ansari recalled, speaking to The Hindu. Deciding that he had to see her, Ansari reportedly entered Pakistan illegally via Afghanistan, failing to obtain a visa.

A few months later, news surfaced in a section of the media, saying that Hamid had been sentenced to three years' imprisonment on charges of espionage. Shahzadi was due to appear before the Commission on Enforced Disappearances just days after she disappeared.

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

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

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