Have taken up matter with Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj on missing Muslim clerics

Swaraj said that she has requested Pakistan to update New Delhi on both Indian nationals.

Published: 17th March 2017 11:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th March 2017 08:22 PM   |  A+A-

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (File| PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI:

New Delhi, March 17: The tumultuous relation between India and its neighbour in the west has been hit by the mysterious missing of two clerics of Nizamuddin Dargah that has been attributed to Pakistan intelligence agencies picking them up for questioning.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has taken up the matter with the Government of Pakistan.

“We have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals in Pakistan,” Swaraj said. The duo – 80-year-old Syed Asif Nizamia and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami had entered Pakistan via Karachi on March 8. It was part of the tradition of two-way exchange of clerics between the two countries as the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi is associated with Gharib Nawaz, who is venerated in Data Darbar Lahore. They had met their relatives in Karachi before flying out to Lahore.

The clerics had already paid obeisance at the Data Darbar Lahore, and on their way back Nazim went missing at the Lahore Airport on March 16 and Asif vanished on his arrival at the Karachi Airport. Since then both were untraceable and all efforts to contact them on their mobiles proved futile. The Indian official sources suspect foul play in the whole episode. “Why would someone check visa for a domestic flight, days after they entered Pak through Karachi?” official sources said.

Pakistan media has been reporting that the two have been picked up by intelligence agencies on account of their “suspicious” movements.

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