Sufi priests detained by Pak intel agencies

Mar 19, 2017, 00:21
Sufi priests detained by Pak intel agencies

March 18 (ANI): Expressing happiness over the news of return of the two Indian Sufi clerics of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah who went missing in Pakistan, Amir Nizami, son of one of the clerics thanked the Indian Government and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for their efforts in tracing the two.

Sushma Swaraj stated that she has contacted their host in Karachi and he appeared to be under pressure not to speak to Indian High Commission. "We are pursuing this further with the Government of Pakistan", Swaraj said in a series of tweets. Later, Minister of State for External Affairs Ministry also reiterated that the government was putting in all efforts to ensure safe return of the two Indian Nationals.

The news comes in a day after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) likely abducted the two men.

"The personnel of an intelligence took both the clerics into custody after getting them offloaded and shifted them to an undisclosed location for investigation", the sources told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

"Pakistan's Foreign Office has confirmed they have been traced and reached Karachi", the Press Trust of India reported, citing unnamed sources.

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

Syed Asif Nizami (80) is the head priest (Sajjadanashin) of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah in Delhi. However Indian agencies have learnt that the duo was picked up and detained by the agencies in Pakistan.

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has informed Pakistan's foreign office about missing Syed Asif Ali and his brother. 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. They arrived in Lahore on March 13.

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