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Missing Sufi clerics are safe in Pakistan, will return on Monday

The two missing Indian clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah have been “traced and have reached Karachi”, Pakistan conveyed to India.

“Pakistan Foreign Office has confirmed that the two Indian clerics have been traced and reached Karachi,” a source said in New Delhi.

“I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi on Monday,” informed Swaraj on Twitter.

Nizami, 80, is the head priest of the famous Sufi shrine of Nizamuddin Auliya.
Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, 66, had travelled to Pakistan on March 8 to visit the Data Darbar Sufi shrine and visit relatives.

Earlier, on Saturday, Sindh Police officials had confirmed that two Indian clerics who went missing in Pakistan have been found.

The two clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah were reportedly found in a remote village of Sindh province with no mobile connectivity.

Both were sent to Karachi, from where they will be deported to India on March 20.

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

However, reports of their recovery emerged after Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Pakistan Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz.

“I spoke to Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, regarding the missing Indian nationals Syed Asif Ali Nizami and Nazim Ali Nizami of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah. He assured me of all help in tracing the missing clerics,” Swaraj tweeted.

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