Abducted journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered, claims BBC Urdu

Abducted journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered, claims BBC Urdu

It was said that she was abducted for fighting the case of the Indian engineer Hamid Ansari who was arrested on espionage charges.

Zeenat Shahzadi, the journalist who went missing in Lahore in 2015, has been recovered by security forces, officials said on Friday.

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

However, fellow journalist Beena Sarwar while quoting Iqbal, in her tweet confirmed Shehzadi's return. After taking this assignment he said he would continue as the chief of the missing persons' commission.

"For the past two years, I have been praying for Zeenat as well as Hamid". 26 years old, Zeenat Shazadi went missing for 2 years since then. She took the statement of Ansari and filed the petition in human rights cell of Supreme Court for his recovery.

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According to Zeenat's family, she had been receiving threatening phone calls asking her not to pursue Ansari's case before her alleged enforced disappearance. 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". He is accused of entering Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region illegally from Afghanistan to meet and marry a Pashtun girl.

Though the commission has blamed "non-state actors", Pakistan's ISI is notorious for targeting journalist and activists. "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".

"My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national", he said.

Shahzadi's family suffered a tragedy in March 2016 when her teenaged brother, distraught over her kidnapping, hanged himself.

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