New Delhi: The two Indian clerics, who had gone missing in Pakistan, landed in India on Monday.
The duo, along with their families, will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj later in the day.
“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,” Amir Nizami, the son of one of the clerics, told news agency ANI.
The two clerics of Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah were reportedly found in a remote village of Sindh province with no mobile connectivity.
Syed Asif Ali Nizami, 80, and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, were visiting Data Darbar in Lahore when they went missing on Wednesday.
Local media reports, citing unnamed sources, said both clerics were traced in Karachi’s Nazimabad neighbourhood, where they had apparently gone to “(rural) Sindh to meet their followers, where there was no communication network”, which is why they could not inform their relatives about their whereabouts.
Earlier, Pakistani sources had said the two clerics were in the custody of Pakistan’s intelligence agency over their alleged links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
They were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the Pakistani sources had said.