Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Lula West

Indian Muslim clerics go missing in Pakistan

Indian Muslim clerics go missing in Pakistan

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she was in touch with the Indian High Commission. "We would also thank Pakistan media", Aamir Nizami said. We also got a call from the Indian government.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Friday the Indian government has taken up the matter with Pakistan.

But Indian officials here indicated they had received signals that the clerics were unofficially detained by Pakistan's intelligence agencies over suspected links to the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) that Islamabad accuses New Delhi of funding. Both of them had gone to Karachi to meet their relatives earlier this month before travelling to Lahore to visit the shrine.

The two missing Indian clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah have been "traced and have reached Karachi", Pakistan today conveyed to India.

The Hazrat Nizamuddin shrine has close links with Data Darbar shrine of Gharib Nawaz or Moinuddin Chisti, and "khadims" or custodians exchange visits every year.

The mystery deepened further when someone by the name of Hammad from his sister Kanwar Jahan's home in Karachi went to receive Asif Nizami at the Karachi airport.

The two Sufi clerics from Delhi who went missing on 15 March, on their tour of Pakistan, are reported to be in the custody of the Pakistan's intelligence agencies.

The two clerics offered a "chadar" at Lahore's Baba Farid's shrine on March 13.

The source added that this makes it clear that the disappearance is "well organised".

Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, were visiting Data Darbar in Lahore when they went missing on Wednesday.

Swaraj, in a series of tweets on Saturday, said: "The Indian High Commission in Pakistan has taken up the matter of missing Indians Syed Asif Ali Nizami and Nazim Ali Nizami at the highest level in the Government of Pakistan".

The duo had entered Pakistan via Karachi on March 8.

On Friday, the Dargah Committee met in Delhi's Nizamuddin to discuss the matter.

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