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

Sunday, 22 Oct, 2017

A Pakistani Journalistwas was abducted in 2015 from Lahore while she was on her way to work.

Reports say Two years ago, his younger brother Shahzadi had filed an application with the Supreme Court's Human Rights Cell on behalf of Fauzia Ansari, the Hamid Ansari, the mother who had gone missing in Pakistan in November 2012.

Pakistan's Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) Chief Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Friday evening said the journalist was rescued from a region located along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Thursday night.

Iqbal said some "non-state actors" had kidnapped her, adding that tribal leaders in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa played an important role in her recovery, Dawn reported.

It may be recalled that Hamid was sent on a three-year imprisonment by Pakistan on charges of espionage.

Zeenat Shahzadi went missing two years back in 2015.

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"Zeenat received threats from unknown persons who asked her not to pursue the case any more".

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.

Fauzia told Pakistan newspaper that said she was delighted to know about Shahzadi's release.

She recalled the effort and integrity displayed by Ms. Shahzadi. He was arrested for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a girl he had befriended online, according to reports. "The next thing I heard was that she had disappeared", Ms. Ansari recalled, speaking to The Hindu. "Those powers were further strengthened in 2015 by the Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) which offers greater power and the opportunity for impunity to the police, intelligence, law enforcement authorities and military for acts like forced kidnapping, torture and extrajudicial killings".

Zeenat, whose brother had committed suicide after her abduction, was reunited with her family in Lahore.