Two Indian Sufi clerics of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi, who reportedly went missing in Pakistan returned to the country. The duo arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Monday, rubbishing some Pak media reports that they were detained in the neighboring country on spying charges.
They will meet external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today.
Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami who reached safely in their hometown said they left for Pakistan on 8 March to meet a relative in Karachi.
We had gone to meet my aunt who is 90 and lives in Karachi. My uncle met his sister after 26 long yearsNazim Ali
He rubbished reports that they were detained in Pakistan.
"Irrespective of our different religions, we all live here peacefully and in harmony. But there are some elements who don't like this," he said.
There is this (Pakistani) newspaper ‘Ummat’ which reported falsely about us and printed fake picturesNazim Ali
Nazim Ali also added that they were under "no kind of pressure".
While they talking to media, Nizami's son Syed Sajid Ali also showed the newspaper report to media persons where it was reported that the clerics had links with the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
Earlier on Sunday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had announced she had spoken to Nazim Ali Nizami and they were safe.
She had also raised the matter with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Adviser Sartaj Aziz.
The two clerics reportedly went missing on 15 March while on a visit to Data Darbar in Lahore. Subsequently, they were reported to have been found in a remote village of Sindh province with no cell phone connectivity.