Two sufi priests from India go missing in Pakistan
The two missing Indian clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah are in custody of Pakistan's intelligence agency sources said. "We are trying our best", Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said at the India Today Conclave 2017 in Mumbai today.
"We got to know the news circulating in Pakistan media". The Centre has taken the matter with the Pakistan both in New Delhi and through the Indian mission in Islamabad.
"We have taken up this matter with government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals in Pakistan", Sushma wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter on Friday morning.
Officials from the Union Home Ministry, however, called up Sajid Ali Nizami, the son of Asif Nizami on Saturday afternoon to say that they were hopeful that the missing clerics would be found soon.
They were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the Pakistani sources said. Karachi-based relatives of the Nizamis had on Thursday said that one of them had been detained at Lahore airport while the other went missing upon landing in Karachi. Pakistan had claimed that Asif was allowed to go to Karachi, but Nazim was stopped at the airport itself. It added that all the relevant agencies were looking into the matter of the missing clerics.
The duo had entered Pakistan via Karachi on March 8.
The clerics identified as Asif Nizami and his friend Nazim Nizami, belonged to Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah. According to reports, the 80-year-old and his nephew visited Lahore's Daata Darbar shrine and were supposed to fly back to India from Karachi on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a Dargah Committee meeting is underway in Delhi's Nizamuddin regarding the disappearances.