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'Missing' clerics in Pak. arrive safely in India

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The two Sufi clerics of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who had gone missing in Pakistan, arrived here on Monday.

The clerics will be meeting External Affairs Minister later in the day.

Amir Nizami, son of one of the clerics, said they will be picking them from the airport and will go to Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah to seek blessings of the Allah. They will then meet their family members.

"I would like to thank the Indian Government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushma Sawarj and Rajnath Singh. We are very happy that our government made their efforts in helping them to return," Nizami told ANI.

Swaraj had yesterday stated that she spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami, one of the missing clerics, in and was assured they were safe and would be back to on Monday.

"I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in He told me that they are safe and will be back in tomorrow," Swaraj tweeted.

The two clerics surfaced in and told that they had gone to meet their devotees in interior Sindh, where there was no phone connectivity.

The clerics, identified as Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his friend Nazim Nizami, belong to Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah.

Syed Asif Ali Nizami is the head priest of the Dargah.

The duo had travelled to to visit their relatives in and then embarked on a pilgrimage to Lahore.

One of them went missing in and the other in Lahore, reports claimed.

The Indian authorities had raised the issue with the Foreign Ministry seeking its help in tracing their missing citizens.

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First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 11:24 IST