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Missing Pak journalist rescued from Pak-Afghan border

Lahore: A Pakistani woman journalist Zeenat Shahzadi has been rescued from Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The lady was allegedly kidnapped while pursuing the case of an Indian engineer two years ago, officials said.

Zeenat Shahzadi, a 26-year-old reporter of Daily Nai Khaber and Metro News TV channel,  was kidnapped by some unidentified men on Aug 19,2015  while she was en route to her office in an auto-rickshaw from her home in a populated locality of Lahore.

 Shahzadi was believed to have working on the case of Indian citizen Hamid Ansari, before her abduction. Ansari went missing within the in November 2012.

Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) President Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal said last evening that Shahzadi had been rescued from an area on the Pakistan-Afhghanistan border on Thursday night.

“Non-state actors and anti-state agencies had abducted her and she has been rescued from their custody,” Iqbal said, adding tribals from Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces had played a key role in her recovery.

“Zeenat Shahzadi today has been reunited with her family in Lahore and we are happy for her safe recovery. I am thrilled that she is home safe,” rights activist Beena Sarwar said.

Unable to withstand the loss, Shahzadi’s brother Saddam Hussain committed suicide in March last year, making her disappearance the focus of headlines again.

Two years ago, Shahzadi had filed an application with the Supreme Court’s Cell on behalf of Fauzia Ansari, the mother of Indian national Hamid Ansari, who had gone missing in Pakistan since November, 2012.

She secured in August, 2013 a special power of attorney from Ansari’s mother. She also pursued his case in the Peshawar High Court.

Ansari, a Mumbai resident arrested in 2012 for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan reportedly to meet a girl he had befriended online.

Ansari was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment reportedly by a military court on charges of illegally entering Pakistan and ‘spying’. He is still in jail.

The rights activists, especially former secretary general Commission of Pakistan I A Rehman, have voiced for the release of Ansari, saying since he has served his sentence, he ought to be set free now.

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