Missing Muslim clerics to return to India on March 20

The two clerics have been identified as Asif Nizami and Nazim Nizami

The two clerics have been identified as Asif Nizami and Nazim Nizami

The two Indian clerics who recently went missing from Pakistan are in custody of the country's intelligence agency, PTI reported on Saturday quoting unidentified officials. We got a call from the India government, we would like to thank the government.

Sushma Swaraj, the external affair minister said in her tweet on tweeter that matter had been taken up with Pakistan government which had been asked to give an update on the situations of the clerics. They directed them to send my father to Karachi alone.

The matter has been taken up with the Pakistan government both in New Delhi as well as through the Indian mission in Islamabad, the source said. The trip was part of a traditional two-way exchange of clerics between the two countries as the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi is associated with Gharib Nawaz, who is venerated in Data Darbar Lahore.

They were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the Pakistani sources said.

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The two had reached the Pakistani port city to meet their relatives after visiting the Data Darbar Sufi shrine in Lahore.

But the two were separated at Lahore airport, according to accounts shared by their family with Indian authorities - based on conversations Nazim had with his family - when the older man was allowed to board a plane, but the younger man was stopped. However Indian agencies have learnt that the duo was picked up and detained by the agencies in Pakistan.

Nizami also informed that the phone of the clerics was now ringing, adding that they would be able to talk to them very soon.

The two clerics were detained by Pakistan over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a dominant political party in Pakistan's Karachi, according to unnamed Indian sources. Meanwhile, Pakistan on Friday said it was looking into the matter.

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