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Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi allegedly kidnapped since two years, rescued

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Missing Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi found near border with Afghanistan say officials

Zeenat Shahzadi, who disappeared in 2015 while working on the case of a missing Indian national in Pakistan, has been recovered by security forces, officials said on Friday.

CIED's chief Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal told the media that non-state actors and anti-state agencies had abducted Zeenat.

Shahzadi was found on Wednesday night from the area near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, reported Dawn.

Iqbal stated that the tribal groups of Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces helped a lot in her recovery.

Reportedly, Zeenat was kidnapped by some unidentified men in a populated locality of Lahore on August 19, 2015, on her way to work. She was working with Daily Nai Khaber and also Metro News Channel at the time of her abduction. 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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"My sister has not committed any crime in helping an Indian national", he said.

It must be noted that Zeenat, 25, had raised her voice against the cases of missing persons in Pakistan. "She first obtained all the details about Hamid's case and confirmed that his intentions were not mala fide, though he did try to enter Pakistan illegally".

Hamid Ansari, a 27-year-old engineer and management graduate from Mumbai, went missing in Pakistan in 2013. I called back and Zeenat introduced herself and said that she would want to help me.

Shahzadi's brother Saddam Hussain was miserable after her kidnapping due to which he committed suicide in March a year ago bringing her case back to headlines. "I don't even know what what condition she was in for the past two years and what she might have gone through", Ms. Ansari said.

IA Rehman, the Human rights activists and former secretary general Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has advocated that Ansari should be released from Jail as he has already served his sentence.

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