Zeenat Shahzadi, the journalist who went missing in Lahore in 2015, has been recovered by security forces, officials said on Friday.
The 26-year-old Zeenat Shahzadi was abducted on August 19, 2015 by unknown armed men when she was traveling by an auto-rickshaw in Lahore. Zeenat's family and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan believe Pakistan's Special Forces are responsible, because she fearlessly pursued an explosive story the spy agencies didn't want told. "I am thrilled that she is home safe".
"At the time of her disappearance, Shahzadi was working to find Nehal Hamid Ansari, an Indian citizen who disappeared in Pakistan in 2012".
Tribal elders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan played a key role in her recovery, Iqbal said. He was arrested for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan to meet a girl he had befriended online, according to reports.
Human rights activist Beena Sarwar stated to media that Journalist Shahzadi today has been reunited with her family in Lahore and we are happy for her safe recovery.
Zeenat went missing after filing an application with Pakistan's Supreme Court on behalf of Hamid Nehal Ansari's mother, Fauzia a professor in Mumbai college.
It must be noted that Zeenat, 25, had raised her voice against the cases of missing persons in Pakistan. The Commission of Inquiry ordered the registration of a First Information Report (FIR), a missing person's petition, for Ansari in 2014.
He was awarded three-year jail term by a Pak military court.
Soon afterwards, Shahzadi was allegedly detained by security agencies and questioned about Hamid. The two had been in touch on daily basis before her kidnapping.
"Pakistan's intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has been known to target journalists". "My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national", Shahzadi's brother, Salman Latif said.
Shahzadi's brother Saddam Hussain had reportedly committed suicide in March a year ago.