First female missing journalist returns home after two years

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On October 18, Pakistan forces rescued her from near the Afghanistan border and reunited her with her family.

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

Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, who is heading the Commission for Missing Persons, confirmed Shehzadi's recovery to BBC Urdu.

According to the Dawn report quoting officials, "some non-state actors and enemy agencies had kidnapped her and she was recovered from them".

This application by Zeenat had forced the Pak security agencies to admit that Ansari was in their custody. Fauzia said, "As soon as she got the statement from the police she called me up and said that she planned to file a petition before the Human Rights Cell of the Pakistani Supreme Court about Hamid's disappearance".

Back in Mumbai, Fauzia said that she was delighted to hear about her release.

Zeenat Shahzadi was abducted on August 19, 2015 by unknown armed men when she was traveling by an auto-rickshaw in Lahore.

Shahzadi, reportedly travelled from Lahore to Islamabad to attend the hearings.

Ms. Ansari learned about Ms. Shahzadi's rescue late on Friday night after journalists in Pakistan tweeted about the development.

In 2015, Hamid was jailed for three years by a military court on espionage charges.

Zeenat had been instrumental in tracing Ansari's son Hamid, who went missing in Pakistan while searching for a girl he had fallen in love with over the Internet. "I told her that day that she was the answer to my prayers which it turns out she really was".

Shahzadi was believed to have "forcibly disappeared" while working on the case of Indian citizen Hamid Ansari, before her abduction.

Ansari, who recalls that the last time she spoke to Zeenat was on August 12, 2015, started an online campaign seeking her release.

"The Commission on Enforced Disappearances works under the jurisdictions of the federal government and has no authority over the country's security agencies".

Shahzadi's family suffered a tragedy in March 2016 when her teenaged brother, distraught over her kidnapping, hanged himself.