Two Indian clerics, who were traced after going missing in Pakistan, will reach Delhi this morning
Two Indian clerics, who were traced after going missing in Pakistan, will reach Delhi this morning, according to reports. The clerics, including the head priest of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, are safe and will be back in the city, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said. “I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow,” she had said in a tweet.
The two clerics – Syed Asif Nizami, the head priest (Sajjadanashin) of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, 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.
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Yesterday, 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.
According to Pakistani media reports, both clerics had been in “interior Sindh where there was no communication network” and that is why they could not inform their relatives about their whereabouts. Earlier, Pakistani sources had said the two clerics were in the custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agency over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
They were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the Pakistani sources had said.
(With agency inputs)