Clerics back from Pakistan, deny reports of detention

On a visit to Data Darbar in Lahore they went missing on Wednesday. | EPS Shekhar Yadav

On a visit to Data Darbar in Lahore they went missing on Wednesday. | EPS Shekhar Yadav

The two Sufi clerics, identified as Syed Asif Nizami and Nazim Nizami, have returned from Pakistan on Monday and will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with their family members.

Missing Nizamuddin dargah clerics return to Delhi from Pakistan. The main objective of the visit of 80-year-old Asif to Pakistan was to see his sister in Karachi.

"I would like to thank the Indian Government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushma Sawarj and Rajnath Singh". Swaraj had earlier spoke to Pakistan PM's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz regarding the issue and sought his help in tracing the two. On March 15, when they reached the airport to take a return flight for Karachi, Nazim Nizami was stopped to clear some documentation and Syed Asif Nizami was asked to board the flight. Yesterday, Mrs Swaraj spoke to Asif Nizami and said they were safe.

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The Sufi clerics were taken into custody by an intelligence agency in Pakistan over their alleged links with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Late Sunday, Pakistan told India that they'd found the clerics in Karachi.

As per reports, one of them went missing in Karachi and the other in Lahore. They were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the Pakistani sources said.

Local media reports, citing unnamed sources, said that both clerics were traced to Karachi's Nazimabad neighbourhood in rural Sindh, where they had apparently gone to "meet their followers, where there was no communication network", which is why they could not inform their relatives about their whereabouts.

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