'Missing' Lahore journalist Zeenat Shehzadi recovered after two years

by Antonio Miles October 23, 2017, 2:13
'Missing' Lahore journalist Zeenat Shehzadi recovered after two years

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.

Reacting to the news of Ms. Shahzadi's rescue close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Ms. Ansari said she felt like showering all her love on the journalist.

Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, who is heading the Commission for Missing Persons, confirmed Shehzadi's recovery to BBC Urdu.

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

The security agencies in Pakistan to admit that Ansari was in their custody.

Shahzadi, who raised her voice for disappearance of victims, went missing in August 2015 while on the trail of an Indian citizen Hamid Ansari reported to have been caught by Pakistani agencies.

As there was no news of Hamid, Zeenat, who worked as a journalist for a Lahore-based television channel, had filed an application with the Human Rights Cell of the Pakistan Supreme Court on behalf of Prof Ansari.

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She said that the return of Shehzadi to her family had renewed her hopes of being reunited with her son soon. Unable to withstand the loss, Shahzadi's brother Saddam Hussain committed suicide in March a year ago, making her disappearance the focus of headlines again.

Shahzadi, reportedly travelled from Lahore to Islamabad to attend the hearings. Ansari, a Mumbai resident arrested in 2012 for illegally entering Pakistan to meet a girl he had befriended online.

The reporter was pursuing the case of Indian engineer Hamid Ansari, who was jailed in Peshawar on espionage charges. "I told her that day that she was the answer to my prayers which it turns out she really was". Shahzadi was due to appear before the Commission on Enforced Disappearances just days after she disappeared.

Also, he was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by a military court on charges of illegally entering Pakistan and "spying".

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

My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national.


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