Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi allegedly kidnapped since two years, rescued

Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi allegedly kidnapped since two years, rescued

It was said that she was abducted for fighting the case of the Indian engineer Hamid Ansari who was arrested on espionage charges. "Shehzadi was recovered on Wednesday night from near Pak-Afghan border".

Iqbal added, that Shahzadi had been abducted by non-state actors and enemy intelligence agencies and that she had been rescued their clutches.

As yet no statement has been issued by the recovered journalist or her family. As reported, Zeenat Shahzadi was working on an Indian citizen's case named Hamid Ansari, On behalf of Hamid's mother, Fauzia, she had filed an application about this in Supreme court after which she was abducted on 19 August. "I am thrilled that she is home safe", said rights activist Beena Sarwar. After obtaining a special power of attorney, she had been working relentlessly for his release till she disappeared in August 2015.

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The Zeenat had however informed her parents that she was taken away forcibly by the intelligence agencies of Paksitan while she was investigating disappearance of Hamid Nehal Ansari A resident of Mumbai.

Also, he was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by a military court on charges of illegally entering Pakistan and "spying".

The 25-year-old freelance reporter had earlier raised her voice for missing persons in Pakistan.

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"For the past two years, I have been praying for Zeenat as well as Hamid".

Fauzia told Pakistan newspaper that said she was delighted to know about Shahzadi's release. 1,300 out of a total 3,000 missing people's cases remain pending before the commission.

Shahzadi's brother Saddam Hussain was miserable after her kidnapping due to which he committed suicide in March a year ago bringing her case back to headlines. "In addition to the missing persons' crisis, Pakistan ranks sixth in the Committee to Protect Journalists' list of the 20 deadliest countries for journalists in the world, and as the ninth worst country in the world for impunity for crimes against journalists", it said.

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