Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Indian Sufi clerics on pilgrimage to Pakistan go missing

Indian Sufi clerics on pilgrimage to Pakistan go missing

Pakistan's foreign office told the Indian high commission in Islamabad this evening that the country's law enforcement agencies had found two Sufi clerics from New Delhi's Nizamuddin shrine reported missing for the past two days. We got a call from the India government, we would like to thank the government.

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

Sources say they were detained by the Pakistani intelligence agencies when they landed in the country to meet their relatives.

The two clerics are set to return to India on March 20, according to Pakistan media reports.

"On 14 March, they offered another chadar at Data Darbar Sufi shrine in Lahore".

Our staff reporter added that the Foreign Office has said it was aware of the reports about the missing Indian sufi clerics and the concerned authorities are looking into the matter.

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.

The duo had entered Pakistan via Karachi on March 8.

According to one report, while the head priest was allowed to go to Karachi to visit relatives, his nephew Nazim was stopped at the Lahore airport on grounds of incomplete travel papers.

"Have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals", tweeted Swaraj. On Thursday, shortly after posting pictures of their visit to the Datta Darbar shrine in Lahore, the two men disappeared from the airport.

Meanwhile, a Dargah Committee meeting is underway in Delhi's Nizamuddin regarding the disappearances.

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