Missing Pak journalist, probing Indian prisoner's case, found after 2 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".

"Non-state actors and anti-state agencies had abducted her and she has been rescued from their custody", Iqbal said, adding tribals from Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces had played a key role in her recovery.

The chairperson of missing persons' commission, Justice (retired) Javed Iqbal, confirmed Shehzadi's return to BBC Urdu.

"Zeenat Shahzadi today has been reunited with her family in Lahore and we are happy for her safe recovery".

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Pakistani female journalist Zeenat Shahzadi, who went missing from Lahore on August 2015 while tracking an Indian prisoner accused of spying on Pakistan, has been found by the Pakistani security forces.

The security agencies in Pakistan to admit that Ansari was in their custody.

"Shahzadi had approached the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Peshawar High Court and the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances on behalf of Ansari's mother, who had granted Power of Attorney to Shahzadi for the search".

IA Rehman, the Human rights activists and former secretary general Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has advocated that Ansari should be released from Jail as he has already served his sentence. Meanwhile, Shahzadi's brother Saddam Hussain had also committed suicide in 2016, depressed over his sister's disappearance.

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Shahzadi was reported to have been abducted by Pakistani agencies.

Hamid Ansari, the Indian citizen was arrested in Pakistan in 2012 for illegally entering the country. She was working with Daily Nai Khaber and also Metro News Channel at the time of her abduction. Ansari is still in jail.

Speaking to The Asian Age, professor Ansari said that it has been a long wait for her son's release but the fact that Zeenat who had apparently been abducted for her efforts in trying to secure the release of Hamid was cause for relief and renewed hope.

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