Indian Sufi clerics who went missing in Pakistan arrive in Delhi

Sufi Clerics return home

The cleric told the reporters that a newspaper "Ummat" in Pakistan printed false statements of them being "RAW spies".

The cleric thanked the Government of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for their efforts.

The Pakistani security officials who detained the two senior clerics from Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah focussed on only one issue during their questioning - who were the Barelvi leaders they had met and what had they discussed. He spoke about his detention at the Karachi airport from where he was driven out to a place quite far from Karachi after "putting a cloth over my head". I was accused of working for R&AW. "We were not troubled, and were kept in VIP rooms".

Asif Nizami had gone to Karachi on March 6 to meet his ailing 90-year old sister, and was accompanied by Nazim.

When asked why they were "interrogated", Nazim said they were asked about their visa and other immigration details. Due to absence of communication, people got anxious which further led to rumours that "we have been kidnapped".

They were supposed to return on March 18.

Nazim Ali Nizami, one of the clerics has even rejected Pakistani media reports that they were in interior Sindh claiming that they did not have any visa for that region.

Standing against the backdrop of the Dargah, Nazim Ali added: "We left to spread the message of Nizamuddin Dargah of peace and love". They claimed we had gone to Sind. They said they had gone to the interior province of Sindh.

Nazim Ali, however, said they would go to Pakistan again. "I felt helpless. Soon 8-10 people surrounded me and I was taken out through another gate", Asif Nizami said.

Both the clerics were allegedly taken into custody by Pakistan's intelligence agencies, which accused them of having links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

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