Two Indian clerics including the head priest of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Syed Asif Ali Nizami went missing in Pakistan.
Sushma Swaraj said this morning that the government has taken the matter up with Islamabad.
She tweeted that 80-year-old Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his Nephew Nazim Ali Nizami had travelled to Pakistan on March 8. They went missing after landing at the Karachi Airport.
The head priest’s son Sazid Ali Nizami said his father and 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.
Sazid Ali Nizami said, “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”.
He added that their mobile phones have been switched off. They have no information as such.
The family said Nazim Ali Nizami was stopped at the Lahore airport because he had incomplete travel papers.
The two clerics had already visited Karachi earlier this month to meet their relatives before travelling to Lahore.