Two Indian clerics, including the head priest of New Delhi’s Nizamuddin Dargah, have gone missing in Pakistan, prompting India to take up the matter with the Pakistani government.
“My dad Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Nizami 60, disappeared from Lahore and Karachi airports, respectively, on Wednesday evening,” Asif Nizami’s eldest child Sazid Ali Nizami told to a news organization.
Sazid Nizami included that his dad and cousin went to Karachi on March 6 and from that point, they went to Lahore to offer a “chadar” at Baba Farid’s shrine, the master of Baba Nizamuddin.
“On March 14, they offered another “chadar” at Data Darbar Sufi shrine in Lahore. The next day, they reached Lahore airport to take a flight to Karachi at 4.30 pm. At the Lahore airport, my cousin was stopped by authorities to clear some documentation and my dad was asked to get onto the flight,” said Sazid. He likewise expressed that their cell phones were switched off.
The matter has been brought up with the Pakistan government both in New Delhi and also through the Indian mission in Islamabad, A news organization stated, citing sources.
Sazid Nizami disclosed to a news agency that Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and different authorities had taken stock of the situation and guaranteed him of proper action.
The duo had gone to Karachi to meet their relatives on March 8 before travelling to Lahore to visit the shrine.
Exchanges between clerics of the Nizamuddin Dargah and the Daata Darbar are part of a regular tradition.