External Affairs

Missing Nizamuddin Dargah Priest and Brother to Return Tomorrow

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today spoke to one of the two clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah.

Nazim Ali Nizami. Credit: YouTube

Nazim Ali Nizami. Credit: YouTube

New Delhi: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today spoke to one of the two clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who were traced after going missing in Pakistan.

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

Pakistan had yesterday conveyed to India that the two missing clerics had been “traced” and that they had reached Karachi.

The head priest of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah and his brother had gone to Pakistan on March 8 and were to return to India on March 20.

The main purpose of the visit was so that 80-year-old priest could see his sister in Karachi.

Yesterday, Swaraj had spoken to Pakistan prime minister’s advisor on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, regarding the case.

According to Pakistani media reports, both clerics had been in “interior Sindh where there was no communication network” and thus could not tell 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.

The clerics were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines flight on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the sources claimed.