Islamabad, March 18: The two Indian clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah who went missing since March 14 on their religious trip to Pakistan are in the custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agency (Inter Service Intelligence), reported Indian Express. The two are in ISI’s custody over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami were deboarded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Lahore airport.
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 MQM’s 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 fire brand leader who operates from London.
The detained Indian duo apart from a religious visit had also gone to see their relative in Karachi. India has taken up this matter with Pakistan and ensure the safe recovery of Indian nationals.
Pakistan on Friday said that they have no clue about missing two Indian clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah. The official spokesperson of Pakistan’s Foreign Office Nafees Zakaria while confirming India’s official request to trace the clerics said, “We have asked all departments concerned to look into the matter.”
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that she has taken up the matter with Islamabad. Swaraj said that she has requested Pakistan to update New Delhi on both Indian nationals.
“Have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals,” tweeted Swaraj.
Officials said that India had strongly raised the matter of disappearance of the two senior clerics for the past two days