Nizamuddin dargah clerics lost in Pakistan may have been kidnapped, says officials

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Nizamuddin dargah clerics lost in Pakistan may have been kidnapped, says officials

The news comes in a day after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said Pakistan's spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) likely abducted the two men. The EAM has further stated that she has contacted their host in Karachi and he appeared to be under pressure not to speak to Indian High Commission.

"We have taken up this matter with government of Pakistan and requested them for an update on both the Indian nationals in Pakistan", Sushma wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter on Friday morning.

Sources said Indian officials were in discussions with Pakistani authorities and have asked them to check CCTV footage at Lahore and Karachi airports for clues.

"While Nazim went missing from Lahore airport, Asif went missing after arriving at the Karachi airport", a source said. After all, this is hardly the first time they had travelled to Pakistan or had met people from the country. As per reports, of the two of them, one is missing is missing from Karachi and the other from Lahore.

Over the past two days, Indian officials in Islamabad who enquired with Pakistan officials about the clerics were told they had no reason to worry unless the clerics had links to dubious organisations or individuals. Pehle phone switch off aa rha tha, ab bell ja raha hai. They will leave for India on 20 March.

Syed Asif Nizami and his nephew Nazim Nizami, the two Sufi clerics from Delhi's Nizamuddin Dargah, went to Pakistan on March 8.

Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said on Thursday that an Indian request seeking assistance for the recovery of two clerics had been received. While Asif was allowed to board, Nazim was stopped at Lahore airport on grounds of incomplete documents.

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