Pakistan admits detaining two Indian clerics, India refutes ‘unauthorised visit’ charge

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New Delhi | Published: March 17, 2017 7:07:49 PM

India today rejected Pakistan's charge that the visit of two Indian clerics in the neighbouring country, who went missing since yesterday, was unauthorised.

Pakistan has admitted of detaining two clerics. (ANI)

India today rejected Pakistan’s charge that the visit of two Indian clerics in the neighbouring country, who went missing since yesterday, was unauthorised. As per a report by CNN-News 18, two clerics had been visiting Lahore on a regular basis. Earlier in the day, Pakistan admitted of detaining two clerics. As per reports, Pakistan’s ISI is holding clerics.

Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj today 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.

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.

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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.

Aamir Nizami’s son Asif had also requested the government to help find his father. Speaking to ANI, he said, “Couldn’t contact our relatives, appeal to govt to find out where my father is”.

(With inputs from PTI)

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