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Ripples of joy over Pak. scribe's rescue

22 October 2017

A Pakistani female journalist, who was abducted two years ago for pursuing the case of a jailed Indian engineer, has been rescued by the security forces from an area along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Thursday night.

As yet no statement has been issued by the recovered journalist or her family.

"Alman Latif, Shahzadi's brother describe the incident to media with the agony that Helping an Indian prisoner Hamid Ansari has cost us dearly we have given so much of losses, His sister is missing and my younger brother Saddam hanged himself after losing hope to get reunited with her".

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However, fellow journalist Beena Sarwar while quoting Iqbal, in her tweet confirmed Shehzadi's return.

Reportedly, Zeenat was kidnapped by some unidentified men in a populated locality of Lahore on August 19, 2015, on her way to work. He was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison for espionage by a military court and is still in jail.

Shahzadi was "forcibly disappeared" while she was working on the Indian citizen's case, according to PTI.

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Zeenat Shahzadi went missing two years back in 2015. 26 years old, Zeenat Shazadi went missing for 2 years since then.

This application by Zeenat had forced the Pak security agencies to admit that Ansari was in their custody. Fauzia was happy to hear the news of Zeenat being rescued, she said,"I was asked earlier that between Zeenat and my son whom I would want to be released first and I had said Zeenat". He was arrested for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a girl he had befriended online, according to reports.

Zeenat's perseverance along with efforts of local Pakistani lawyers paid off when in January 2016 police in Pakistan told the Peshawar High Court that they had detained Ansari in 2012 and handed him over to intelligence officials.

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Though the commission has blamed "non-state actors", Pakistan's ISI is notorious for targeting journalist and activists. I did not even have any contact number for her family, as I never thought I would need one.

Ripples of joy over Pak. scribe's rescue