Two missing clerics of Nizamuddin Dargah in custody of Pak's intelligence agencies

  • Two missing clerics of Nizamuddin Dargah in custody of Pak's intelligence agencies

Two missing clerics of Nizamuddin Dargah in custody of Pak's intelligence agencies

The two missing Indian clerics - Syed Asif Nizami, the head priest (Sajjadanashin) of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, and and his nephew Nazim Nizami - reached Karachi this evening.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she was in touch with the Indian High Commission.

"We got to know the news circulating in Pakistan media".

On Friday, media reports had said the two priests have been detained by Pakistani intelligence agency, a claim also made by their families. Both of them had gone to Karachi to meet their relatives earlier this month before travelling to Lahore to visit the shrine.

"On 14 March, they offered another chadar at Data Darbar Sufi shrine in Lahore".

According to government officials in India, exchange visits between clerics of New Delhi's Nizamuddin Dargah and the Sufi Daata Darbar shrine in Lahore take place regularly.

"I spoke to Mr Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan PM's adviser on foreign affairs, regarding missing Indian nationals", Sushma wrote on Twitter.

"At the airport, my cousin was stopped by authorities to clear some documentation and my father was asked to board the flight". Karachi-based relatives of the Nizamis had on Thursday said that one of them had been detained at Lahore airport while the other went missing upon landing in Karachi.

The duo had entered Pakistan via Karachi on March 8.

Hours later, the Pakistan foreign office told the Indian high commission that the clerics had been found in Sindh province and had since reached the home of Syed's sister in Karachi.

Meanwhile, a Dargah Committee meeting is underway in Delhi's Nizamuddin regarding the disappearances.

Nizami also informed that the phone of the clerics was now ringing, adding that they would be able to talk to them very soon.