Missing Pakistani journalist on trail of 'Indian spy' found after 2 years

A PAKISTANI woman journalist who was allegedly kidnapped while pursuing the case of an Indian engineer two years ago has been rescued, officials said.

"Tribal elders in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa played an important role in her recovery on Wednesday night from near the Pak-Af border", Iqbal was quoted as saying to BBC Urdu.

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

Kaneez Bibi said Saturday that her daughter Zeenat Shahzadi arrived when she was not there and she does not know who dropped her off at the home in the eastern city of Lahore.

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.

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As there was no news of Hamid, Zeenat, who worked as a journalist for a Lahore-based television channel, had filed an application with the Human Rights Cell of the Pakistan Supreme Court on behalf of Prof Ansari. I am happy that she is with her family and pray for her well being,"Ansari said".

Shahzadi's brother Saddam Hussain was miserable after her kidnapping due to which he committed suicide in March past year bringing her case back to headlines.

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.

The 25-year-old freelance reporter had earlier raised her voice for missing persons in Pakistan. She said she didn't know who abducted her but said she strongly pursued Hamid's case with the government. A week before her disappearance, she was detained by plainclothed men and grilled for four hours after she spoke to the Indian High Commissioner at a public event.

"I have met foreign minister Sushma Swaraj a number of times and she has assured me that all efforts were being made to secure Hamid's release as he has completed the three year jail term", she said. "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".

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