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


Zeenat's family and human rights organisations had earlier said they believed she was kidnapped by Pakistan's secret agencies.

Retired justice Javed Iqbal, head of the missing persons commission, confirmed Shahzadi's return while speaking to BBC Urdu.

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

Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi who mysteriously went missing while tracing an "Indian spy" in Lahore in 2015, has returned home after two years on Friday. She was working for a local TV channel in Lahore when she went missing in 2015.

The distraught parents of Hamid Ansari who are fighting for their son's freedom.

Reportedly, Zeenat was kidnapped by some unidentified men in a populated locality of Lahore on August 19, 2015, on her way to work. "I am thrilled that she is home safe".

Grief-stricken over her kidnapping, Shahzadi's brother Saddam Hussain had committed suicide in March previous year, making her disappearance the focus of headlines again.

With the help of social media, she was able to contact Ansari's mother in India and filed a case with the Supreme Court on her behalf.

"Helping an Indian prisoner - Hamid Ansari - in Pakistan has cost us dearly. My sister is missing and my younger brother (Saddam) who was deeply attached to her hanged himself after losing hope to get reunited with her". He is accused of entering Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region illegally from Afghanistan to meet and marry a Pashtun girl.

He was awarded three-year jail term by a Pak military court. 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. "When she spoke to Ansari's mother she literally cried along with her and vowed to help".