Over the two missing Indian clerics in Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today asserted that she is in constant touch with the High Commission, while there is no official confirmation on their whereabouts as yet. The EAM has further stated that she has contacted their host in Karachi and he appeared to be under pressure not to speak to Indian High Commission.
Earlier, Swaraj tweeted that the duo went missing after they landed at Karachi airport. While the Indian minister has taken up the matter with Pakistani authority, several reports have suggested either the militants or the notorious Pakistani spy agency ISI may be behind the disappearance of the clerics.
India had rejected Pakistan’s charge that the visit of two Indian clerics in the neighbouring country, who went missing since yesterday, was unauthorised. However, Pakistan admitted of detaining two clerics. As per reports, Pakistan’s ISI is holding clerics.
Two senior clerics from Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who had gone to Pakistan, went missing since yesterday. India took up the matter strongly with the neighbouring country on the matter. Asif Nizami and Nazim Nizami had initially visited Karachi to meet relatives and then went to shrines in Lahore. As per reports, of the two of them, one is missing is missing from Karachi and the other from Lahore. Currently their phones are also switched off. According family members , even as Asif was permitted to go to Karachi, Nazim was stopped at Lahore airport due to incomplete travel papers.
While Nazim went missing from Lahore airport, Asif went missing after landing in Karachi airport, said reports. The Centre has taken the matter with the Pakistan both in New Delhi and through the Indian mission in Islamabad. Both of them had gone to Karachi to meet their relatives earlier this month before travelling to Lahore to visit the shrine.
(With inputs from agencies)