October 20, 2017
LAHORE: Journalist Zeenat Shahzadi who went missing more than two years ago from Lahore has been recovered.
Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal, head of the Commission of Inquiry on Forced Disappearances, confirmed her recovery from near the Pak-Afghan border while talking to BBC.
Shahzadi, who worked for Daily Nai Khabar and Metro News, disappeared on her way to work in an auto-rickshaw in August 2015. Her family alleged back then she was targeted by Special Forces for her reporting.
Prior to her disappearance, Zeenat was investigating another disappearance – that of Indian engineer Hamid Ansari. Ansari went missing in November 2012, after he entered Pakistan illegally.
She had moved an application with the Supreme Court in Pakistan and had also sent an application to the Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances. She got in touch with Ansari’s mother in Mumbai through social media.
Zeenat’s disappearance was too big a loss for her brother Saddam, who committed suicide.
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