Missing Nizamuddin Priests Return Home
Written by: Akshaya Avadhani - March 20, 2017
The two priests of Nizamuddin who went missing in Pakistan last week returned to New Delhi today morning, Monday. Syed Asif Nizami and Nazim Ali Nizami were received by family and well wishers at the New Delhi airport.
Asif Nizami’s son, Amir Nizami, thanked the Indian government for its action to help find his father and safely returning him back to the Country along with his uncle Ali Nizami. Speaking to the PTI, Amir said, “Both are fine. We are thankful to the Indian Government for all the support in securing their return.” Both the priests refused to speak to the waiting media at the airport. The grandson of Asif, Ibrahim Nizami, said that special prayers will be offered today at the Nizamuddin Dargah in a manner to “thank the Lord” for their return.
The uncle andnephew went missing last week after entering Pakistan to visit shrines and relatives on March 8. The MEA minister Sushma Swaraj took up this issue with Pakistan who started the search in their country. According to reports by the Pakistan media, the priests were in “interior Sindh where there was no communication network and that is why they could not inform their relatives about their whereabouts.”
On Saturday, sources from Pakistan and family of the missing said that the two clerics were in PIA’s custody. The sources said that they were being inquired about their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM.) After these were proven false, they have been sent back to India.
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