‘Miss­ing’ jour­nal­ist Zeenat Shahzadi re­cov­ered af­ter more than 2 years

The Miracle - - Pakistan / Kashmir -

Zeenat Shahzadi, the jour­nal­ist who went miss­ing in La­hore in 2015, has been re­cov­ered by se­cu­rity forces, of­fi­cials said on Friday. Re­tired Jus­tice Javed Iqbal, head of the miss­ing per­sons com­mis­sion, con­firmed Shahzadi’s re­turn while speak­ing to BBC Urdu. She was re­cov­ered on Wed­nes­day night from near the Pak-Afghan bor­der, Iqbal said. The newly ap­pointed Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau chief said that some non-state ac­tors and en­emy agen­cies had kid­napped her and she was re­cov­ered from them, adding that tribal elders in Balochis­tan and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa played an im­por­tant role in her re­cov­ery. Shahzadi’s fam­ily has yet to is­sue a state­ment. Shahzadi, who raised her voice for dis­ap­pear- ance of vic­tims, went miss­ing in Au­gust 2015 while on the trail of an In­dian cit­i­zen Hamid An­sari re­ported to have been caught by Pakistani agen­cies. She had filed an ap­pli­ca­tion with the Supreme Court’s Hu­man Rights Cell on be­half of Fauzia An­sari, Hamid’s mother. Ac­cord­ing to one ver­sion, Hamid was pur­su­ing a Pakistani woman whom he had be­friended on the In­ter­net. The ap­pli­ca­tion was ac­cepted and for­warded to the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry on En­forced Dis­ap­pear­ances. 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 some rights cam­paign­ers, Hamid has served his sen­tence and ought to be set free now. Hu­man rights ac­tivist Hina Jil­lani, in a 2016 in­ter­view with BBC Urdu, al­leged that Shahzadi had once told her fam­ily that she had been “forcibly taken away by se­cu­rity agen­cies”, de­tained for four hours and ques­tioned about Hamid. The dis­ap­pear­ance of Shahzadi hit head­lines once again in 2016 when her brother, Sad­dam Hus­sain, com­mit­ted sui­cide in March that year. His el­der brother, Sal­man, had told Dawn that the teenage boy was emo­tion­ally at­tached to his miss­ing sis­ter and very much dis­turbed by her mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance. Source: Dawn.com

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