New Delhi, March 20: As the mystery of the missing sufi clerics almost came to an end, Syed Asif Ali Nizami, one of them, while narrating his side of the story said how he was blindfolded and was taken to a place far away from Karachi where they were treated like ‘VIPs’. As per what Syed Asif said, it seems to be a case of misplaced paranoia on Pakistan’s part. However, with their return today in New Delhi, both Syed Asif and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami thanked the Indian and the Pakistan Governments for getting them back to the country safe.
As per Syed Asif, he was initially told that there were a few lackings in his passport and after minor questioning, he was made to board the flight alone. However, Syed Asif mentions how one of the air stewardess kept the boarding pass with herself. He further says that upon arrival, when he was asked to present his boarding pass, he could not do that as he was not in possession of it, following which he was surrounded by security officials.
Syed Asif insisted that he was not misbehaved and they were indeed treated like VIPs. In his interview with Times Now, Syed Asif is also heard telling how the interrogators questioned if Pakistani Muslims stayed at the Dargah, to which he reportedly said that everyone was welcome in the Dargah. They also reportedly questioned him about his profession and his flower shop.
On being offered food, Syed Asif denied eating anything and said he did not feel like anything as he was worried.
Syed Asif Ali Nizami and Nazim Ali Nizami went missing last week in Pakistan when they were visiting their relatives in our neighbour country. However, following their disappearance incident, when the two clerics were separated and one disappeared from Lahore and the other from Karachi, Indian government has been corresponding with the Pakistan counterparts and raised the issue.
However, after hearing Syed Asif’s side of the story, the incident seems like a case of misplaced paranoia where the Pakistani security forces might have been alerted by the clerics’ lackings in documentations and hence the detention. However, Pakistan’s Internal ministry initially denied any knowledge of such persons or any incidents of detention. They however also stated that it might be possible that other security agencies might have detained them.
In the end, the story ended well for the clerics, with much cooperation between the Indian and the Pakistani Governments and efforts of the Ministry of External Affairs.
As for the clerics, they are determined to and are not afraid to go back to Pakistan and said they will go to Pakistan ‘bearing a message for peace and love.’