Sufi clerics blame Pakistan newspaper for their ordeal

Giving hint towards Pakistan's conspiracy to convict innocent Indians, one of the Sufi clerics, who had gone missing in Pakistan, on Monday revealed that one of the papers in the neighbouring country had printed false news of them being Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agents. Indian nationals Syed Asif Ali Nizami and Sajjada Nashin of Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin here, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami had gone to Pakistan on March 8, but were missing after they landed at Karachi airportin that country.

"We thank Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and well-wishers from all religions who prayed for our return", they told reporters.

Amir Nizami, son of one of the clerics, said that the two priests will first go to Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah to seek Allah's blessings before meeting their family members. The objective of the clerics' visit to Pakistan was to meet their family. In her tweet, the minister wrote,"I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi". The two clerics reportedly went missing on March 15 while on a visit to Data Darbar in Lahore. Yesterday, Mrs Swaraj spoke to Asif Nizami and said they were safe.

On Saturday, Pakistan had conveyed to India that the clerics were traced and reached Karachi last evening. According to reports, both were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore.

She had also raised the matter with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz Pakistan.

The Sufi clerics were taken into custody by an intelligence agency in Pakistan over their alleged links with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

  • Leroy Wright