Abducted Pak woman journalist helping Indian national rescued after two years
- Author: Megan Austin Oct 23, 2017,
Oct 23, 2017, 2:14
Senior Pakistani journalist Beena Sarwar, who had been lobbying for Zeenat's release, had told The Indian Express a year ago, "She seems to see herself as a human rights crusader and social activist, inspired by rights activists like Asma Jahangir".
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.
However, no statement has yet been received regarding the recovery of Zeenat Shahzadi from herself or her family.
Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi who mysteriously went missing while tracing an "Indian spy" in Lahore in 2015, has returned home after two years on Friday.
The journalist's prodding had forced security agencies in the country to admit that Ansari was in their custody.
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Shahzadi had filed an application with the Supreme Court's Human Rights Cell two years ago on behalf of Hamid Ansari's mother Fauzia Ansari. Talking to TOI, Fauzia said Shahzadi was an angel because she worked on the case of her son despite huge odds. However, her disappearance hit the headlines when her brother, Saddam, 17, committed suicide in March 2016.
"I last spoke to Zeenat through WhatsApp on August 15, 2015". She later came to know that Ansari had crossed over in search of a woman he loved and to prevent her marriage with someone else in Pakistan's Kohat region.
Shahzadi, reportedly travelled from Lahore to Islamabad to attend the hearings.
It must be noted that Zeenat, 25, had raised her voice against the cases of missing persons in Pakistan. "I told her that day that she was the answer to my prayers which it turns out she really was".
"In January 2016, thanks to the efforts of Shahzadi, the Deputy Attorney General of Pakistan finally admitted that the Ministry of Defense had detained Ansari pending his trial in a military court". Speaking to the New Indian Express, 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".