Missing Indian clerics traced, on their way to Karachi

missing clerics traced, Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Syed Asif Nizami

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Shortly after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Pakistan Foreign Policy Advisor Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan on Saturday conveyed to India that the two missing Indian clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah have been traced. 

“Pakistan Foreign Office has confirmed that the two Indian clerics have been found and are on way to their relatives in Karachi,’’ sources here said. 

The two missing clerics ~ Syed Asif Nizami, the head priest of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, and his nephew Nazim Nizami ~ had been in “interior Sindh where there was no communication network” and, therefore, they could not tell their relatives about their whereabouts, Pakistani media said. They will leave for India on 20 March. 

Late this evening, Swaraj tweeted that she had spoken to Aziz, currently in London, regarding the two missing clerics. Aziz assured her of all possible assistance in locating the clerics.