Missing Indian clerics surface in Karachi

2 missing Indian clerics in custody of Pak's intel agency

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.

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

Meanwhile a delegation from the Nizamuddin Dargah called on Minsiter of State (External Affairs) VK Singh and sought Government of India's intervention for the clerics' safe return.

However, reports of their recovery emerged after Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz.

The clerics' relatives have claimed that they have been detained by Pakistani intelligence agencies. "Both are missing after they landed in Karachi airport", Swaraj tweeted.

Two Indian Sufi clerics, who had been missing in Pakistan for the past three days, safely returned to Karachi on Saturday, SAMAA reported.

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. According family members, even as Asif was permitted to go to Karachi, Nazim was stopped at Lahore airport due to incomplete travel papers. However Indian agencies have learnt that the duo was picked up and detained by the agencies in Pakistan.

Missing Indian clerics are presently in custody of Pakistan's intelligence agencies, say sources.

"On March 14, they offered another Chadar at Daata Darbar sufi shrine in Lahore".

The disappearance of the clerics is likely to add to the tensions between the two countries.

"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".

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