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Indian clerics went missing in Pakistan are safe, will reach New Delhi today

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New Delhi: Two Indian clerics, including the head priest of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, who went missing in Pakistan, are safe and will be back in the city on Monday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.”I just spoke to Syed Nazim Ali Nizami in Karachi. He told me that they are safe and will be back in Delhi tomorrow,” she said in a tweet.

The two clerics – Syed Asif Nizami, the head priest (Sajjadanashin) of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, had gone to Lahore on March 8 and were to return to India on March 20. The main purpose of the visit of 80-year-old Asif to Pakistan was to see his sister in Karachi. On Saturday, Pakistan had conveyed to India that the clerics were traced and reached Karachi last evening. Swaraj had taken up the issue with Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz.