It has been confirmed from highest sources now that Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) has illegally arrested, or in blunt words, has kidnapped an Indian Muslim clerics reported missing.
External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier Tweeted today morning hinting an ISI link in the disappearance of the clerics. She said that their host in Karachi is under tremendous pressure from the Pakistani Government to not speak to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
The two clerics who have gone missing are custodians of the Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi. They had gone to Pakistan on March 8 to visit a few Sufi shrines there. They reportedly went missing from Lahore airport while taking a flight to Karachi a few days ago.
“We are pursuing this further with the government of Pakistan,” Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, is the chief custodian of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah.
Accompanying him is his nephew, Nazim Ali Nizami. After landing in Karachi, the two had gone to Lahore to visit the Data Darbar shrine. The Hazrat Nizamuddin shrine has close links with Data Darbar shrine of Gharib Nawaz, or Moinuddin Chisti, and ‘khadims’ or custodians exchange visits every year.
On Friday, Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson Nafees Zakaria, when asked about the khadims, said they had “no clue” if the two had been found and that they were “pro-actively pursuing” the case.
Sajid, one of the sons of one of the missing clerics pleaded with the ISI to release the two clerics, but only in vain. Top sources in the external affairs ministry tell us that this is no ordinary kidnapping and Pakistan may have some strange ideas with this.
Sushma Swaraj has also indicated of some serious action if the two clerics are not released immediately by the ISI. Sources have also told us that Sushma is directly in touch with her counterpart in Pakistan regarding this issue.