The two Sufi clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Syed Asif Nizami, and Nazim Ali Nizami, who had gone missing in Pakistan, returned back to the national capital on Monday.
After landing in the national capital, the clerics blamed a Pakistani newspaper for the whole chaos.
Notably, Pakistani newspaper Ummat had reported that the clerics worked for Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) movement.On the basis of this report, the clerics said they were detained by a Pakistan’s law enforcement agency for the purpose of questioning.The sufi clerics will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at 3 pm.
The duo on their arrival visited the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah and were warmly welcomed by the people.
Amir Nizami, the son of Asif Nizami, thanked the Indian government for its intervention in ensuring the return of his father and Ali Nizami.
“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.
Asif Nizami and Nazim Ali Nizami had gone to Lahore on March 8 but went missing in the middle of last week following which India took up the issue with Islamabad. The main purpose of the visit of Asif to Pakistan was to see his sister in Karachi.
On Saturday, Pakistan had conveyed to India that the clerics were traced and had reached Karachi.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had taken up the issue with Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and requested him to trace the missing clerics.
Yesterday, Swaraj had spoken to Asif Nizami and said they were safe.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.
Earlier, Pakistani sources had said the two clerics were in the custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agency over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).They were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the Pakistani sources had said.