The two missing Indian clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah who had gone missing in Pakistan have returned safely to India. The two were in the custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agency over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Both the Sufi clerics, Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today along with their families. In her tweet, the minister wrote,“I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow.” Nazim Nizami, who is one of the Sufi clerics said,”There is a newspaper Ummat (in Pakistan) which has printed false statements (of the two clerics being RAW spies) and photos.” He also said, “Main Pakistan phir jaaunga, phir paigaam-e-mohabbat le kar jaaunga aur danke ki chot jaaunga. (I will go to Pakistan again and will take the message of love with me.)”
Asif Nizami said, “Went to the shrine of Baba Farid Ganj to offer prayers.Also went to Data Darbar. We were kept in VIP rooms, SHO took my details.” The two were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore. “The personnel of an intelligence took both the clerics into custody after getting them offloaded and shifted them to an undisclosed location for investigation,” the sources told PTI on condition of anonymity. They further said both clerics have been detained for their alleged link with MQM of Altaf Hussain. “They are being interrogated for their alleged links with Altaf’s party men in Karachi,” the sources said, adding they will be freed if nothing is established against them.
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The two clerics had gone to Lahore on March 8 and were to return to India on March 20. The main purpose of the visit of 80-year-old Asif to Pakistan was to see his sister in Karachi. On March 19, Pakistan had conveyed to India that the clerics were traced and reached Karachi last evening. Swaraj had taken up the issue with Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz yesterday and requested him to trace the missing clerics.