First female missing journalist returns home after two years

'Missing' Lahore journalist Zeenat Shehzadi recovered after two years

A Pakistani Journalistwas was abducted in 2015 from Lahore while she was on her way to work.

However, no statement has yet been received regarding the recovery of Zeenat Shahzadi from herself or her family.

The Dawn quoted Justice (Retired) Javed Iqbal, the head of the missing persons' commission, as saying that he was thrilled to confirm Shahzadi's return.

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

"Zeenat Shahzadi today has been reunited with her family in Lahore and we are happy for her safe recovery". 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. He was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison for espionage by a military court and is still in jail. She was working with Daily Nai Khaber and also Metro News Channel at the time of her abduction. "I don't even know what what condition she was in for the past two years and what she might have gone through", Ms. Ansari said.

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Zeenat Shahzadi went missing two years back in 2015. It was a result of this action on the part of Zeenat that the security forces were bound to agree that Hamid was in their custody. He formed a relationship with a Pakistani woman over Facebook, and panicked when she told him that her parents were pushing her to marry someone else.

The case described that Hamid Ansari, lives in Mumbai was arrested for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan reportedly to meet a girl he had befriended online.

Laws like the Pakistan Protection Act, 2014 and the Pakistan Protection Ordinance extend unobstructed powers to law enforcement agencies. 1,300 out of a total 3,000 missing people's cases remain pending before the commission.

Shahzadi's disappearance once again came to the fore in 2016 when news broke that her brother had committed suicide.

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