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Two missing Indian Sufi clerics traced, to be deported to India tomorrow


Two Indian Sufi clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah who went missing in Pakistan have been found. Both were found in a remote village of Sindh province with no mobile connectivity, and were sent to Karachi. They will be deported to India on March 20 (Monday).

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday tweeted,''I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow.''

Earlier on Saturday, Swaraj said that she'd spoken to Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Adviser on Foreign Affairs about the missing Indian nationals. Aziz later assured her "of all help in tracing the missing clerics," she said.

The two clerics identified as Asif Nizami and Nazim Nizami belong to Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah. They travelled to Pakistan to visit their relatives in Karachi and then embarked on a pilgrimage to Lahore on March 13 to offer a chadar at Baba Farid's shrine.

On March 14, they offered another chadar at the Data Darbar Sufi shrine, also in Lahore. On March 15, when they reached the airport to take a return flight for Karachi, Nazim Nizami was stopped to clear some documentation and Syed Asif Nizami was asked to board the flight.

As per reports, one of them went missing in Karachi and the other in Lahore. The families of the clerics back in India tried to contact them through phones but their mobile phones have been switched off.

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