Abducted female Pakistani journalist returned home

Abducted journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered claims BBC Urdu

Senior Pakistani journalist Beena Sarwar, who had been lobbying for Zeenat's release, had told The Indian Express past year, "She seems to see herself as a human rights crusader and social activist, inspired by rights activists like Asma Jahangir". She was recovered on Wednesday night from near the Pakistan-Afghan border, Iqbal said.

He added that tribals from Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces played an important role in Shahzadi's rescue.

Kaneez Bibi said Saturday that her daughter Zeenat Shahzadi arrived when she was not there and she does not know who dropped her off at the home in the eastern city of Lahore.

Zeenat Shahzadi, the journalist who went missing in Lahore in 2015, has been recovered by security forces, Dawn reported quoting officials.

Soon afterwards, Shahzadi was allegedly detained by security agencies and questioned about Hamid. I am happy that she is with her family and pray for her well being,"Ansari said". After obtaining a special power of attorney, she had been working relentlessly for his release till she disappeared in August 2015.

Shahzadi, reportedly travelled from Lahore to Islamabad to attend the hearings.

Traumatised mother and Mumbai-based professor Fauzia Ansari, 55, is elated that Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shehzaadi (24) has been freed from the clutches of her abductors.

Shahzadi was allegedly kidnapped immediately after she filed an application with Pakistan's Supreme Court in behalf of missing Hamid Ansari's mother Fauzia.

It must be noted that Zeenat, 25, had raised her voice against the cases of missing persons in Pakistan. After taking this assignment he said he would continue as the chief of the missing persons' commission.

Speaking to The Asian Age, professor Ansari said that it has been a long wait for her son's release but the fact that Zeenat who had apparently been abducted for her efforts in trying to secure the release of Hamid was cause for relief and renewed hope. The application was accepted and forwarded to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances.

A few months later, news surfaced in a section of the media, saying that Hamid had been sentenced to three years' imprisonment on charges of espionage.

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

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

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