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Sufi clerics resurface in Pak

Sufi clerics resurface in Pak

Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami, the two Sufi clerics from Delhi's Nizamuddin Dargah, went to Pakistan on March 8. Their families were not able contact to them in Pakistan where they had departed for a pilgrimage.

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

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said the Indian High Commission in Pakistan has taken up the matter with Pakistani authorities, while Islamabad is "proactively pursuing" the case, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria was quoted as saying by news agencies.

Islamic militants in Pakistan have repeatedly targeted the followers of Sufi orders and their shrines, which extremists view as un-Islamic.

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Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, were visiting Data Darbar in Lahore when they went missing on Wednesday.

The two clerics, members of the extended family of the Sajjada Nashin (hereditary administrator) of the Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi, had flown to Karachi in a Pakistan Airlines flight from Delhi.

"We appeal to the Indian government to get to know about the whereabouts of both".

The Hazrat Nizamuddin shrine has close links with Data Darbar shrine of Gharib Nawaz or Moinuddin Chisti, and "khadims" or custodians exchange visits every year. Pakistan had claimed that Asif was allowed to go to Karachi, but Nazim was stopped at the airport itself. India took up the matter strongly with the neighbouring country on the matter. Pakistani Foreign Office also issued a denial saying that the Special Branch which monitored movement of visitors, especially from India, had no knowledge that the senior cleric had even landed in Karachi.


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