Jailed Mumbaikar's mother wants to thank Pakistan scribe freed after 2 years

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Senior Pakistani journalist Beena Sarwar, who had been lobbying for Zeenat's release, had told The Indian Express previous year, "She seems to see herself as a human rights crusader and social activist, inspired by rights activists like Asma Jahangir".

The abducted female journalist Zeenat Shahzadi has been recovered from the border areas adjoining Afghanistan, two years after she was abducted from Lahore.

The officials said non-state actors and enemy agencies had kidnapped her in 2015 and added that tribal elders in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had played an important role in her recovery.

Zeenat Shahzadi, a 26-year-old reporter of daily "Nai Khaber" and Metro News TV channel, went missing on August 19, 2015, when some unidentified men allegedly kidnapped her while she was en route to her office in an auto-rickshaw from her home in a populated locality of Lahore.

Soon afterwards, Shahzadi was allegedly detained by security agencies and questioned about Hamid. Through social media she managed to get in touch with Fauzia Ansari, the mother of Hamid Ansari, an Indian national who had gone missing in Pakistan. Meanwhile, Shahzadi's brother Saddam Hussain had also committed suicide in 2016, depressed over his sister's disappearance.

"At the time of her disappearance, Shahzadi was working to find Nehal Hamid Ansari, an Indian citizen who disappeared in Pakistan in 2012". She later came to know that Ansari had crossed over in search of a woman he loved and to prevent her marriage with someone else in Pakistan's Kohat region.

She recalled the effort and integrity displayed by Ms. Shahzadi. She said she didn't know who abducted her but said she strongly pursued Hamid's case with the government. Shahzadi was due to appear before the Commission on Enforced Disappearances just days after she disappeared. It was later reported that the court sentenced him to three years in prison on the charges of espionage and illegally entering Pakistan. "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". From his e-mail accounts, it was found he was in touch with a Pakistani girl.