Two Hazrat Nizamuddin clerics who went missing in Pakistan, return to India

Both the clerics visited Karachi to see their relative and went missing in rural Sindh area since March 15

The two clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah who went missing in Pakistan has returned India on March 20. Both the clerics were reportedly found in a remote village of Sindh province with no mobile connectivity.

80-yera-old Syed Asif Ali Nizami, the head priest of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami visited Data Darbar in Lahore on March 8 and were scheduled to return to India on March 20. Asif Ali went Pakistan to see his sister while they went missing on Wednesday.

Earlier on March 19, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the two Indian clerics, who had gone missing in Pakistan, will be back in India on Monday.

In a tweet, Sushma Swaraj said: “I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow.”

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

The reports also stated that Pakistan’s intelligence agency took both the clerics in custody over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). They were interrogated by the Pakistani Police since March 15 when they went missing.