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'Missing' Pak journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after 2 years

23 October, 2017, 02:15 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • 'Missing' Lahore journalist Zeenat Shehzadi recovered after two years

Senior Pakistani journalist Beena Sarwar, who had been lobbying for Zeenat's release, had told The Indian Express previous year, "She seems to see herself as a human rights crusader and social activist, inspired by rights activists like Asma Jahangir".

"Tribal elders in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa played an important role in her recovery on Wednesday night from near the Pak-Af border", Iqbal was quoted as saying to BBC Urdu.

Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, who is heading the Commission for Missing Persons, confirmed Shehzadi's recovery to BBC Urdu.

The rescue on Friday of a Pakistani journalist, Zeenat Shahzadi, who disappeared two years ago while working for the release of an Indian youth, Hamid Ansari, was greeted with relief and hope by his mother, Fauzia Ansari, here. She had filed an application with the Supreme Court's Human Rights Cell on behalf of Fauzia Ansari, Hamid Ansari's mother. I did not even have any contact number for her family, as I never thought I would need one.

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) had mentioned Shahzadi's case in its report on August 30, 2017 titled - "No more "missing persons": the criminalization of enforced disappearance in South Asia".

However, in 2015, Zeenat was allegedly abducted after she refused to heed warnings to stop pursuing Hamid's release.




Shahzadi was reported to have been abducted by Pakistani agencies.

The distraught parents of Hamid Ansari who are fighting for their son's freedom.

Zeenat's family and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan believe Pakistan's Special Forces are responsible, because she fearlessly pursued an explosive story the spy agencies didn't want told. "The next thing I heard was that she had disappeared", Ms. Ansari recalled, speaking to The Hindu. Later, deputy attorney general of Pakistan informed the court that Hamid is in custody of the Pakistan army and had been sentenced to three-year imprisonment after court martial.

Hamid Ansari from Mumbai has been held captive in a Pakistani jail since the past five years. A week before her disappearance, she was detained by plainclothed men and grilled for four hours after she spoke to the Indian High Commissioner at a public event.

"My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national", he said.

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