New Delhi, March 19: In the wake of the uproar created over two Indian Sufi clerics of Delhiís Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah going missing in Pakistan and their subsequent scheduled return to India on March 20, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday stated that she spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami, one of the missing clerics, in Karachi and was assured they were safe and would be back to Delhi on Monday.
ďI just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow,Ē Sushma Swaraj tweeted. Sushma spoke to Pakistan Prime Ministerís adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and then confirmed their safety and arrival on Twitter.
Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami were deboarded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Lahore airport due to incomplete documents. As per Pakistan Media, the duo were in the interior of Sindh province and the area faces network issues. This is why they were unable to communicate.
On Saturday, there was a news that the duo were in the custody of Pakistanís intelligence agency (Inter Service Intelligence), reported. The two are in ISIís custody over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
Sources told PTI that the intelligence agency took both the clerics in custody and have shifted them to an undisclosed location for further inquiries. The sources further said that they have been detained for their alleged links with MQMís Altaf Hussain.
The source further told that they will be exonerated if nothing comes out. MQM is a political outfit of Pakistan and Altaf Hussain is said to be their firebrand leader who operates from London. The detained Indian duo apart from a religious visit had also gone to see their relative in Karachi. India had taken up this matter with Pakistan and ensure the safe recovery of Indian nationals.