Two Nizamuddin dargah clerics detained by intelligent agency of Pakistan


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that she has taken up the matter with Islamabad. "We are pursuing this further with the Government of Pakistan", Swaraj said in a series of tweets.

Meanwhile a delegation from the Nizamuddin Dargah called on Minsiter of State (External Affairs) VK Singh and sought Government of India's intervention for the clerics' safe return.

According to Pakistani media reports, both clerics had been in "interior Sindh where there was no communication network" and that is why they could not tell their relatives about there whereabouts. Both are missing after they landed at Karachi airport....

Though Basit did not clarify whether or not the two Indian priests - Syed Asif Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Nizami, 66 - have been detained by Pakistan, official sources there have confirmed they are in the custody of Pakistan's intelligence agencies.

They were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the Pakistani sources said. While Nizal Ali was detained at the Lahore airport, Asif Ali was allowed to travel to Karachi.

The duo had entered Pakistan via Karachi on March 8.

According to government officials in India, exchange visits between clerics of New Delhi's Nizamuddin Dargah and the Sufi Daata Darbar shrine in Lahore take place regularly. The sudden disappearance of the two Sufi clerics from one of India's most important Sufi shrines has shocked many religious figures, with some demanding more security for such religious figures. On Thursday, shortly after posting pictures of their visit to the Datta Darbar shrine in Lahore, the two men disappeared from the airport.

Speaking to media Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria told media that an Indian request for assistance for recovering the clerics has been received.