Two Nizamuddin Dargah clerics go missing in Pakistan
New Delhi : Two sufi clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah went missing in Pakistan, family claimed on Thursday.
"My father Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Nizami, 60, went missing from Lahore and Karachi airports, respectively, on Wednesday evening," Asif's elder son Sazid Ali Nizami told IANS.
Indian nationals Syed Asif li Nizami aged 80 years and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami had gone to Pakistan on 8 March 2017. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 17, 2017
He said that his father and cousin went to Karachi in Pakistan on March 6 from where they visited Lahore on March 13 to offer "Chadar" at Baba Farid's shrine, the master of Baba Nizamuddin.
Syed Asif Ali Nizami is Head Priest (Sajjadanashin) of Hazrat Nizammuddin Aulia dargah. /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 17, 2017
"On March 14, they offered another Chadar at Data Darbar Sufi shrine in Lahore. The next day they reached at Lahore airport to take a flight for Karachi at 4.30 p.m. At the Lahore airport my cousin was stopped by the airport authorities to clear some documentation and my father was asked to board the flight.
Both are missing after they landed at Karachi airport. /3— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 17, 2017
"My father reached Karachi airport at 6 p.m. but my cousin could not join him. At the airport my father talked to my relatives on phone and informed them to come outside, but he did not come," Sazid said.
Sazid further said that my father and cousin's mobile phones were also switched off.
"Pakistani authorities and police are still clueless about them," Sazid said.
Sazid, however, added that Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and other officials had taken the issue seriously and assured me of taking appropriate action over the issue.
External Affairs Ministry officials told IANS that they were concerned about the issue and that proper action was being taken.
We have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals in Pakistan./4— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 17, 2017