Missing Pak journalist rescued after over two years


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.

The 26-year-old Zeenat Shahzadi was abducted on August 19, 2015 by unknown armed men when she was traveling by an auto-rickshaw in Lahore.

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.

According to a Dawn report, the National Accountability Bureau chief said some "non-state actors and enemy agencies" had kidnapped Shahzadi and she was recovered from them and that some tribal elders in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa played an important role in her recovery.

"I last spoke to Zeenat through WhatsApp on August 15, 2015. I feel relieved because somewhere I feel responsible for what she had to go through". She was due to appear before the Commission for Missing Persons the next day. Fauzia was happy to hear the news of Zeenat being rescued, she said,"I was asked earlier that between Zeenat and my son whom I would want to be released first and I had said Zeenat". She did so much for me and I could do nothing when she was in trouble.

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The family of Zeenat was devastated after her kidnapping by intelligencve agencies. "I was extremely saddened when I learned about her brother's suicide", she said.

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

Ansari, meanwhile, had gone missing in Pakistan in November, 2012.

She recalled the effort and integrity displayed by Ms. Shahzadi.

Hamid Ansari had reportedly entered Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a girl he had met online. "It was only after she was sure of these aspects that she took up the case and got a special power of attorney", she said. Young Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi "missing" for 2 years, is back.