Missing clerics say they'll return to Pak — to 'spread message of peace'

Missing clerics say they'll return to Pak — to 'spread message of peace'

Nizam Nizami, the head cleric of an Indian sufi shrine, was detained for suspected links to India;s primary foreign intelligence agency. (ANI)

New Delhi, Delhi, India | Mar 20, 2017, 07.09 PM (IST)

The two Indian clerics who went missing in Pakistan said they would return to that country -- with the message of peace. 

"We went there to spread the message of Nizamuddin Dargah, of peace and love. There are people who disagree with this message of peace and love. They said they had gone to the interior province of Sindh. We did not. We don`t have the visa for that place. We are thankful to the Indian government because of whom we are here. Negative people in Pakistan don`t want us to go there again but we will go there again to spread the message of peace," Nazim Nizami told media here.

Earlier in the day, the two clerics -- Syed Asif Ali Nizami, who is the head priest of Delhi's Nizamuddin Dargah, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, who is also with the dargah -- met with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj.

Both clerics returned to India today, where Nazim Nizami thanked the Indian government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swaraj, and home minister Rajnath Singh.

It is still not clear however where the two clerics were after they went missing.  When they were found, media reports quoted them as saying they had gone to meet their devotees in interior Sindh, where there was no phone connectivity. But they are now saying that that is not where they were
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It is still not clear however where the two clerics were after they went missing. 

When they were found, media reports quoted them as saying they had gone to meet their devotees in interior Sindh, where there was no phone connectivity.

But they are now saying that that is not where they were. 

Strangely, the two clerics have been looked at with suspicion on both sides of the border. 

Earlier today, Nizami had said a Pakistani newspaper -- Ummat -- had incorrectly called them RAW agents.

(WION)

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