New Delhi, Mar 17: Two Indian clerics, including Syed Asif Ali Nizami the head priest of New Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, are missing in Pakistan. The government has taken up the matter with Islamabad, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said this morning.
Swaraj tweeted that 80-year-old Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami had travelled to Pakistan on March 8. She said they went missing after landing at the Karachi airport. “We have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals in Pakistan,” the minister said.
The head priest’s son Sajid Ali Nizami said his father and his 60-year-old cousin had gone to Pakistan on a pilgrimage to the famous Daata Darbar shrine in Lahore and were to fly to Karachi from there yesterday. His family’s last contact with his father, he said, was from the Karachi airport.
“On March 14, they offered another ‘chadar’ at Daata Darbar Sufi shrine in Lahore. The next day, they reached Lahore airport to take a flight to Karachi at 4:30 pm. At the Lahore airport, my cousin was stopped by authorities to clear some documentation and my father was asked to board the flight,” Sajid Ali Nizami told sources.
According to reports, one of the two missing persons is missing from Karachi, while the other is from Lahore. Officials have asserted that India has strongly raised this issue with Pakistan over the last two days.