The two Hazrat Nizamuddin clerics, who had gone missing in Pakistan, returned to India on Monday morning. Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, landed at the Delhi airport on Monday morning.
“Both have reached home and are safe and sound. We had a talk and they were quite excited after coming back. We thank the Ministry of External Affairs and the central government for ensuring their safe return,” said Syed Sajid Ali, son of the 80-year-old cleric.
The duo on their arrival visited the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah and were warmly welcomed by the people.
The controversy surrounding the two Indian clerics was put to rest after the Minister of External Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj, tweeted that the two clerics will be returning to Delhi on Monday.
The head priest of New Delhi’s Nizamuddin Dargah, Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, had gone on a pilgrimage to the famous Daata Darbar shrine in Lahore, Pakistan on March 8 and had reportedly gone missing over the weekend.
Delhi: The two Sufi clerics who had gone missing in Pakistan, have returned to India (visuals from Nizamuddin Dargah) pic.twitter.com/XJpATZXujA
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The reports about the clerics going missing came in from their family who said they went missing after landing at the Karachi airport and their cell phones were switched-off.
As per the reports from Pakistani media, the ‘missing’ clerics were in the interior Sindh where there was no network. They were traced after they reached Nazimabad and got in touch the police.
The conformations of the two clerics being in Karachi came in after Ms Swaraj spoke to Pakistan Prime Minister’s adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.