Nizamuddin dargah's head priest Nazim Ali Nizami goes missing in Pakistan

The head priest of New Delhi’s famous Sufi shrine Nizamuddin Dargah, Asif Ali Nizami, has gone missing in Pakistan since Wednesday.

FP Staff March 16, 2017 22:45:49 IST
Nizamuddin dargah's head priest Nazim Ali Nizami goes missing in Pakistan

The head priest of New Delhi's famous Sufi shrine Nizamuddin Dargah, Nazim Ali Nizami, and his brother have gone missing in Pakistan since Wednesday. The senior priest had flown to Pakistan on 6 March and was living at his sister's house in Karachi. He was supposed to fly back from Lahore on 20 March.

According to News18, Nizami travelled to Lahore on 13 March and offered chadar at Sufi saint Baba Farid's shrine, and went to another Sufi Shrine on 14 March. His family has approached the Pakistan High Commissioner in India for help. The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has also been contacted by the family.

Nizamuddin dargahs head priest Nazim Ali Nizami goes missing in Pakistan

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A report by The Wire quoted official sources as saying that Nazimi's family had approached the Indian government on Thursday afternoon. The matter was soon taken up in New Delhi and Islamabad, since the circumstances of their disappearance seemed suspicious.

Nazimi has visited Pakistan frequently, since the Nizamuddin shrine has a link with the Data Darbar Sufi shrine in Lahore. He had also established connections with other religious scholars in Pakistan.

Sources said Nazimi and his elder brother Asif had gone to Lahore airport to catch a flight to Karachi. While Nazim Ali was asked to de-board the plane, his elder brother was allowed to go ahead.

When Asif Ali landed in Karachi, he spoke to his family in India to inform them about what happened. That was his last communication they had. Since then, Asif Ali and the Pakistani national who came to pick him up at the airport have both been missing.

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