Sushma Swaraj asks Islamabad for update after 2 Indian clerics go missing in Pakistan
The two clerics had travelled to Pakistan on March 8. Photograph: (ANI)
The Indian government has taken up the matter with Pakistani authorities after two Indan clerics went missing in Pakistan.
Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted Friday morning that she has "requested them (the Pakistani government) for an update on both the Indian nationals".
One of the clerics -- Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80 -- is the head priest of Delhi's Nizamuddin Dargah. The other -- Nazim Ali Nizami, 60 -- is his nephew,
Swaraj said the two of them had gone to Pakistani on March 8, and that both of them had gone missing after they landed at Karachi airport.
Indian nationals Syed Asif li Nizami aged 80 years and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami had gone to Pakistan on 8 March 2017. /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 17, 2017
Syed Asif Ali Nizami is Head Priest (Sajjadanashin) of Hazrat Nizammuddin Aulia dargah. /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 17, 2017
Both are missing after they landed at Karachi airport. /3— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 17, 2017
We have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals in Pakistan./4— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 17, 2017
Syed Asif's son said the two clerics had gone to Pakistan on a pilgrimage to the famous Daata Darbar Sufi shrine in Lahore.
From there, he said, the two clerics were to fly to Karachi yesterday.
He added that Syed Asif was allowed to board the flight but Nazim Ali was stopped at Lahore airport because he had incomplete travel papers.
The family's last contact with Syed Asif was at Karachi airport,
Syed Asif's son said, but that both Syed Asif's and Nazim Ali's phones have been switched off since.
Couldn't contact our relatives, appeal to govt to find out where my father is: Aamir Nizami, son of Asif Nizami who has gone missing in Pak pic.twitter.com/KfGjkr7yvX— ANI (@ANI_news) March 16, 2017
Two Indian clerics go missing in Pakistan (WION)