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After two Hazrat Nizamuddin clerics, who went gone missing in Pakistan, returned to India on Monday, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Subramanian Swamy, while making an explosive claim, said that he has independent information that the clerics were working against the country.

Further speaking on this issue, Subramanian Swamy said, “They (Hazrat Nizamuddin clerics) are lying. They are saying this for their self defence and to gain sympathy … Going to Pakistan and then Islamabad saying that it was not even aware about the clerics … then what was the ISI doing with them for so many days and also some Pakistani media accusing that they were working for Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) … how can we believe them? We have independent information that Indian clerics who went missing in Pakistan were working against country.”

The two Sufi clerics after they returned back to India had claimed that there were detained by Pakistani intelligence agencies after some media reports in Pakistan called them R&AW agents.

According to reports, a Pakistani newspaper Ummat had reported that the clerics worked for Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) movement.

Earlier in the day, Indian clerics Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, landed at the Delhi airport after they went missing in Pakistan for several days.

Thanking the government, Syed Sajid Ali, son of the 80-year-old cleric said, “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.”

The clerics, on their arrival, visited the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah and were warmly welcomed by the people.

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 with the police.

The conformations of the two clerics being in Karachi came in after Sushma Swaraj spoke to Pakistan Prime Minister’s adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

First Published | 20 March 2017 4:30 PM
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