2 Indian clerics who went missing in Pakistan return home safely
The two Indian Sufi clerics, including the head priest of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who went missing in Pakistan, today returned to India safely.
Syed Asif Nizami, and Nazim Ali Nizami are expected to meet External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj after their arrival at the airport.
The two clerics are also expected to meet the intelligence agencies who want to ascertain more details on how they went missing.
Amir Nizami, son of one of the clerics, said that the two priests will first go to Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah to seek Allah’s blessings before meeting their family members.
“I would like to thank the Indian Government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushma Sawarj and Rajnath Singh. We are very happy that our government made their efforts in helping them to return,” Nizami told ANI.
Yesterday, Sushma Swaraj had said that the two Indian sufi clerics are safe and will be back in the city on Monday.
“I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow,” Swaraj had tweeted yesterday.
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. They arrived in Lahore on March 13 but went missing two days ago and were untracebale.
On Saturday, 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.