Dargah Clerics Involved In Anti-India Activity: Subramanian Swamy

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:48 IST

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said the clerics who returned to Delhi after reportedly going missing in Pakistan were involved in anti-India activities.

Dargah Clerics Involved In Anti-India Activity: Subramanian Swamy
Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) MP Subramanian Swamy

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Monday said the two Indian clerics who returned to Delhi after reportedly going missing in Pakistan were involved in anti-India activities.

Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, both clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, flew back to the Indian capital.

While Nazim Ali has trashed Pakistani media claims that they had links with the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Swamy claimed to have "independent information" that they were working against New Delhi's interests.

"They are lying ... to get sympathy," Swamy told the media.

We have independent information that these two were working against the country. Nazim Ali said they had gone to Pakistan to meet Asif Ali Nizami's sister in Karachi.

Pakistani newspaper Ummat had in a report claimed that the clerics worked for RAW and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) movement.

The two clerics were given a warm welcome today when they visited the Nizamuddin Dargah. Special prayers were also offered at the Dargah to "thank the almighty" for their return.

Two two clerics had gone to Lahore on March 8 but went missing in the middle of last week following which India took up the issue with Islamabad. The main purpose of the visit of Asif to Pakistan was to see his 90-year-old sister in Karachi.

On Saturday, Pakistan had conveyed to India that the clerics were traced and had reached Karachi. Swaraj had taken up the issue with Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and requested him to trace the missing clerics.

According to Pakistani media reports, both the clerics had been in "interior Sindh where there was no communication network" and that 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 MQM.

They were offloaded from Karachi-bound Shaheen Airlines on March 14 at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the Pakistani sources had said.

When asked as to why they were "interrogated", Nazim said they were asked about their visa and other immigration details.

"We thank Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and well-wishers from all religions who prayed for our return," Nazim said.