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

23 October 2017

On October 18, Pakistan forces rescued her from near the Afghanistan border and reunited her with her family.

"Non-state actors and anti-state agencies had abducted her and she has been rescued from their custody", Iqbal said.

However, no statement has yet been received regarding the recovery of Zeenat Shahzadi from herself or her family.

Security forces found Zeenat Shahzadi, the female journalist who went missing in Lahore in August 2015 while tracing an Indian prisoner accused of espionage.

It was due to her efforts that the security agencies admitted to having Hamid in their custody.

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Tribal elders in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa played an important role in her recovery, the reports said.

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. We also asked her not to put her life at risk but she said she wanted to help Ansari out of humanity. Since May 2013 and till Zeenat "disappeared" in August 2015, the two women had interacted nearly on a daily basis on the phone.

Shahzadi was reported to have been abducted by Pakistani agencies.

Zeenat, 25, is a freelance reporter who had raised her voice for missing persons in Pakistan.

Soon after this, Zeenat had started receiving threat calls from unknown persons who told her not to pursue Ansari's case. Ansari, a Mumbai resident arrested in 2012 for illegally entering Pakistan to meet a girl he had befriended online. "I feel relieved because somewhere I feel responsible for what she had to go through", says Ansari, who came to know about Zeenat's release through social media. The application was accepted and forwarded to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances. "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".

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