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Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Technology | By Tonya May

Pakistan still clueless on two missing Indian Sufi clerics

Pakistan still clueless on two missing Indian Sufi clerics

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that she was in touch with the Indian High Commission. We also got a call from the Indian government.

Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that India has taken up the issue of two missing Indian clerics with Pakistan.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday that an Indian request seeking assistance for the recovery of two clerics had been received. Both are missing after they landed at Karachi airport.... On March 14, they offered another chadar at the Data Darbar Sufi shrine, also in Lahore.

The two clerics from Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah who have gone missing in Pakistan.

Asif Ali Nizami reached Karachi airport and asked his relatives to pick him up, but he did not come out of the aircraft. The clerics shared their photographs on WhatsApp which showed them at the Data Darbar shrine.

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Senior journalist and commentator Sultan Hali told National Herald that it seemed highly improbable that state agencies would detain such well-known and important visitors to Pakistan.

The two Indian clerics surfaced in Karachi and told media that they had gone to meet their devotees in interior Sindh, where there was no phone connectivity. While one of the clerics went missing from Lahore airport, the second went missing after arriving at the Karachi airport, one of the news report cited above said.

The two clerics flew into Lahore on 8 March, and were to return on 20 March. As Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar tweeted late on Friday night: "I met one of these gentlemen at the Nizamuddin dargah in Delhi a year ago".

"I spoke to Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan PM's Adviser on Foreign Affairs, regarding missing Indian nationals".

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