Journalist Zeenat Shahzadi recovered after two years from Pak-Afghan border

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She was recovered on Wednesday night from near the Pakistan-Afghan border, Iqbal said.

The rescue on Friday of a Pakistani journalist, Zeenat Shahzadi, who disappeared two years ago while working for the release of an Indian youth, Hamid Ansari, was greeted with relief and hope by his mother, Fauzia Ansari, here.

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

A Pakistan human right activist Hina Jillani had in 2016 told the BBC that Zeenat had informed her family that security agencies had "forcibly taken her away" and detained her for questioning about Ansari.

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Zeenat Shahzadi was due to appear before the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances on August 24, 2015 to give a testimony about Hamid Ansari's disappearance but was abducted five days earlier. She was allegedly kidnapped by unidentified men while she was on her way to work in an autorickshaw from her home in Lahore on August 19, 2015.

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. 26 years old, Zeenat Shazadi went missing for 2 years since then. She had filed an application with the Supreme Court's Human Rights Cell on behalf of Fauzia Ansari, Hamid Ansari's mother. I called back and Zeenat introduced herself and said that she would want to help me. He is accused of entering Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region illegally from Afghanistan to meet and marry a Pashtun girl. "Those powers were further strengthened in 2015 by the Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) which offers greater power and the opportunity for impunity to the police, intelligence, law enforcement authorities and military for acts like forced kidnapping, torture and extrajudicial killings". 1,300 out of a total 3,000 missing people's cases remain pending before the commission.

"My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national", he said.

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