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23 October 2017, 02:16 | Colleen Roy
'Missing' Lahore journalist Zeenat Shehzadi recovered after two years
She was rescued from somewhere between the Pakistan and Afghanistan border on October 20 by Pakistani security forces.
Retired justice Javed Iqbal, head of the missing persons commission, confirmed Shahzadi's return while speaking to BBC Urdu.
The newly appointed National Accountability Bureau chief said that some non-state actors and enemy agencies had kidnapped her and she was recovered from them, adding that tribal elders in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa played an important role in her recovery.
Meanwhile, Zeenat's family had told the human rights activists while she was amiss that the security agencies had once forcibly taken her away and detained for about fours during which she was questioned about Hamid Ansari.
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. With the help of social media, she was able to contact Ansari's mother in India and filed a case with the Supreme Court on her behalf. We also asked her not to put her life at risk but she said she wanted to help Ansari out of humanity. She was allegedly kidnapped by unidentified men while she was on her way to work in an autorickshaw from her home in Lahore on August 19, 2015.
Shahzadi, reportedly travelled from Lahore to Islamabad to attend the hearings.
Zeenat had been instrumental in tracing Ansari's son Hamid, who went missing in Pakistan while searching for a girl he had fallen in love with over the Internet.
It must be noted that Zeenat, 25, had raised her voice against the cases of missing persons in Pakistan.
Ms. Ansari learned about Ms. Shahzadi's rescue late on Friday night after journalists in Pakistan tweeted about the development. "I told her that day that she was the answer to my prayers which it turns out she really was". He was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison for espionage by a military court and is still in jail. Law enforcement agencies exercise unrestricted powers under the Pakistan Protection Act of 2014.
"My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national", he said.
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