Peshawar: A Pakistani journalist who was kidnapped two years ago while pursuing the case of an Indian engineer jailed in Peshawar has been rescued. Zeenat Shahzadi, a 26-year-old reporter of Daily Nai Khaber and Metro News TV channel, was allegedly kidnapped by unidentified men while she was on her way to work in an autorickshaw from her home in a populated locality of Lahore on August 19, 2015.
Shahzadi was rescued from an area along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Thursday night. Non-state actors and anti-state agencies had abducted her and she has been rescued from their custody,
Grief-stricken over her kidnapping, Shahzadi’s brother Saddam Hussain had committed suicide in March last year.
Two years ago, Shahzadi had filed an application with the Supreme Court’s Human Rights Cell on behalf of Fauzia Ansari, the mother of Indian national Hamid Ansari, who had gone missing in Pakistan in November, 2012. Her prodding had forced security agencies in Pakistan to admit that Ansari was in their custody.
Ansari, a Mumbai resident, was arrested in 2012 for illegally entering Pakistan from Afghanistan reportedly to meet a girl he had befriended online. He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment reportedly by a military court on charges of illegally entering Pakistan and spying. He is still in jail.