Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah clerics in custody of Pakistan’s intel agency, taken to undisclosed location

They have been detained over alleged links with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2017 3:11 pm
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The two missing Indian clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah are in custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agency over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), official sources said on Saturday. Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, they said.

“The personnel of an intelligence took both the clerics into custody after getting them offloaded and shifted them to an undisclosed location for investigation,” the sources told PTI on condition of anonymity. They further said both clerics have been detained for their alleged link with MQM of Altaf Hussain.

“They are being interrogated for their alleged links with Altaf’s partymen in Karachi,” the sources said, adding they will be freed if nothing is established against them. The MQM emerged as a largely ethnic party in the 1980s. It has political dominance in the southern Sindh province’s urban areas – notably in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur where a large number of Urdu-speaking people who fled to Pakistan from India during 1947’s partition reside.

80-year-old Asif Nizami is the head priest of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah. He along with his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami had gone to Pakistan on March 8 to see his sister in Karachi. They arrived in Lahore on March 13 and visited shrine of sufi saint Baba Farid Gang in Pakpattan. The two went missing on March 14 from Lahore.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria yesterday said Pakistan was “pro-actively pursuing” and have asked all departments concerned to look into the matter. He had told PTI in Islamabad that, “no clue to the missing Indian priests has been found so far”.

India has taken up this matter with Pakistan and ensure the safe recovery of Indian nationals. Official sources in New Delhi said Pakistan has conveyed that it was “seriously pursuing” the case with its law enforcement agencies.

“We have taken up this matter with Government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals in Pakistan. Both are missing after they landed in Karachi airport,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted.

“We have also contacted their host in Karachi who appears to be under pressure not to speak to the Indian High Commission. I am in constant touch with our High Commission. However, there is no official confirmation regarding their whereabouts,” she said.

Pakistan has launched a crackdown on the MQM after party leader Hussain made anti-Pakistan comments during speeches at a hunger strike camp in Karachi last year. Pakistan has charged the self-exiled leader in London with treason for his inflammatory speech that incited party workers to attack media outlets.

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    Sambit Patra
    Mar 18, 2017 at 2:28 pm
    Indian muslims are being rapidly converted to wahabi philosophy. Now let us see how many of them protest to Palkistan.
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      Sambit Patra
      Mar 18, 2017 at 2:28 pm
      Indian muslims are being rapidly converted to wahabi philosophy. Now let us see how many of them protest to Porkistan.
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        agni
        Mar 18, 2017 at 10:55 am
        Typical imprint of an Islamic state...Wudn't leave even their own.. once they have finished the natives...lt;br/gt;Fools Hindus thought.. by giving in to demands of Indian Muslims for a separate country they will buy peace for themselves.. for that foolishness Indians paid a v heavy price.. will continue to pay in future.. lt;br/gt;Peace has to be earned...stan is a product of the adulterated Ahimsa that was fed to Indians for ages to suppress violent movements for freedom...the move succeeded... India produced a millennia of spineless history where invader after invader had their own way...unchallenged!!
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          ak dev
          Mar 18, 2017 at 11:46 am
          stan is place for anti-Indians. Why do nationalist Indians go to stan?
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            D.D.Nautiyal
            Mar 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm
            They are being held for indoctrination against India by the Pak.
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              K.Kasinath
              Mar 18, 2017 at 11:16 am
              stan is not India to talk about safety of common man nor rule of law or human rights voilation.
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                Malik
                Mar 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                Send "Stone Pelters" from Kashmir to get the Sufis back to Delhi...Mehbooba .Mufti should call for Jihad against stan immediately....
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                  amjad
                  Mar 18, 2017 at 11:28 am
                  may be just agent of RAW,
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                    mister
                    Mar 18, 2017 at 11:06 pm
                    appreciate the sentiment but will not work
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                      mister
                      Mar 18, 2017 at 11:04 pm
                      good idea
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                        mister
                        Mar 18, 2017 at 11:05 pm
                        that is correct
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                          Sheik Mohamed
                          Mar 18, 2017 at 10:22 am
                          Let us hope that these clerics shall able to prove their innocence and return back to our motherland soon.
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                            Vedic_Citizen
                            Mar 18, 2017 at 10:40 am
                            They are peaceful Sufis, not violent Sunni Mahommedans.
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                              Susanta Basu
                              Mar 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm
                              stan is the country ruled by military. Trust them and peril.
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                                Xyz
                                Mar 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm
                                capture all stanis coming to india till they return our citizens.our negotiating history has shown that pak only understands language of "stick"
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                                  vish
                                  Mar 18, 2017 at 9:52 am
                                  A country of terrorists needs to be wiped out from world Map.
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