BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Monday said the two Indian clerics who returned to Delhi after reportedly going missing in Pakistan were involved in anti-India activities. Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, both clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, flew back to the Indian capital.
While Nazim Ali has trashed Pakistani media claims that they had links with the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Swamy claimed to have “independent information” that they were working against New Delhi’s interests.
“They are lying … to get sympathy,” Swamy told the media. “We have independent information that these two were working against the country.”
Nazim Ali said they had gone to Pakistan to meet Asif Ali Nizami’s sister in Karachi.
Meanwhile, the Sufi clerics revealed that one of the papers in Pakistan had printed fake news claiming that they are the Raw agents.
“Ummat newspaper which published in Pakistan has printed false statements and photos,” Nazim Nizami, one of the two clerics, said upon his arrival in New Delhi today.
Nazim Ali Nizami said they left for Pakistan on March 8 to meet a relative in Karachi.
“We had gone to meet my aunt who is 90 and lives in Karachi. My uncle met his sister after 26 long years,” Nazim Ali told the media.
He rubbished reports that they were detained in Pakistan. At the same time he thanked the Modi government for their return to India.
“Irrespective of our different religions, we all live here peacefully and in harmony. But there are some elements who don’t like this,” he said.
“There is this (Pakistani) newspaper ‘Ummat’ which reported falsely about us and printed fake pictures.” He said they were under “no kind of pressure”.