Published On: Fri, Oct 20th, 2017

Missing Pakistani Journalist Zeenat Shahzadi Found After Two Years

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Working on the missing case of Indian citizen Hamid Ansari a 26-year-old Pakistani woman journalist Zeenat Shahzadi of Metro News TV channel and Daily Nai Khaber disappeared on August 19, 2015, while en route to her office from her home in Lahore in an auto-rickshaw.

Now, after two years the journalist has been recovered by non-state actors and anti-state agencies from an area on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) President Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal confirmed Pakistani journalist Shahzadi has been rescued on Thursday night.

Rights activist Beena Sarwar said, “Zeenat Zhahzadi 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.”

Missing Pakistani Journalist Zeenat Shahzadi Found After Two Years

It is believed the journalist was kidnapped by some unidentified men in 2015 while working on the case of Hamid Ansari, who himself went missing in November 2012 in Pakistan.

Last year Shahzadis brother Saddam Hussain committed suicide and her disappearance again became the focus of headlines.

Her brother earlier had said, “My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national.”

Another brother of Shahzadis, Salman Latif, said helping Hamid Ansari has cost them dearly and his younger brother has hanged himself after failing to reunite with sister.

Hamid Ansari is a Mumbai resident and was arrested in Pakistan in 2012 for illegally entering the country from Afghanistan to meet her online friend.

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