New Delhi, March 19: The two Indian clerics who have been traced after going missing in Pakistan, will reach Delhi tomorrow. In a tweet, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, she spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi today. She said, the cleric told her that both of them were safe.
Pakistan had yesterday conveyed to India that the two missing clerics had been traced and were in Karachi. Earlier, Sushma Swaraj had spoken to Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, regarding the case.
Media reports in Pakistan said, both clerics had been in interior Sindh where there was no communication network therefore they could not contact their relatives. According to dawn report, the clerics might have lost contact with their worried relatives because there was no mobile phone coverage in the area they had visited. They have returned to Karachi.
On Friday, Sindh police chief A.D. Khowaja told reporters that the foreign security cell of the Special Branch had no record of the arrival of the Indian clerics. A top-ranking police official told Dawn on Saturday that police were clueless about the disappearance and return of the Indian clerics.
Meanwhile, the Syed Asif Nizami as the head priest of the Nizamuddin Aulia shrine and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami had left for Pakistan on March 8 to visit relatives in Karachi. The main purpose of the visit of the 80-year-old Asif Nizami to Pakistan was to see his sister in Karachi. They arrived in Lahore on March 13 and visited the shrine of Baba Farid Shakar Ganj in Pakpattan. The two had reportedly gone missing on March 14 from Lahore airport.