Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Sufi clerics resurface in Pak

Sufi clerics resurface in Pak

Two Indian Sufi clerics from Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah who went missing in Pakistan have reached Karachi and will soon return to India, ANI reported citing Pakistani media. "We are pursuing this further with the Government of Pakistan", Swaraj said in a series of tweets. "We are expecting a communication from them shortly on the issue, Indian agencies had said".

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

"I would like to request the agencies in Pakistan to free both of them".

Pakistani media continues to maintain radio silence on the disappearance of the two Sufi clerics from New Delhi's Nizamuddin Dargah.

"India has taken the matter with the Government of Pakistan", Ministry of External Affairs sources told Sputnik on Thursday.

Syed Asif Ali Nizami, the head priest or "Sajjadanashin" of the Dargah in Delhi, and his relative Nazim Ali Nizami have been missing for more than 72 hours after being "detained" in Lahore and Karachi airports.

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.

But the two were separated at Lahore airport, according to accounts shared by their family with Indian authorities - based on conversations Nazim had with his family - when the older man was allowed to board a plane, but the younger man was stopped. It added that all the relevant agencies were looking into the matter of the missing clerics.

The two Sufi priests visited Lahore on March 13 to pray at Baba Farid's shrine in Lahore.

A senior Pakistani police official said the two clerics were being questioned on their exact whereabouts since March 15 when they went missing.

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