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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)

New Delhi, Bhavbhuti Marg, Ajmeri Gate, Delhi, India Mar 16, 2017, 03.14 PM (IST)

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. 

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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. 

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