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Pakistan's anti-Sufism feeling has increased: Defence Experts

Updated: Mar 21, 2017 06:33 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 21 (ANI): Lambasting Pakistan over the missing of two Indian clerics, the Defence Experts on Tuesday said Islamabad's anti-Sufism feeling has increased.

Speaking to ANI, Defence Expert N.N. Jha said Sufism is not considered as Islam in Pakistan.

"The two Indian clerics often go to Karachi and this was not the first time that they went there. I think Pakistan's anti-Sufism feeling has increased. It is good in a way because the Muslims in India will gradually understand the environment in Pakistan and how it behaves with the Muslims," he added.

Echoing similar sentiments, another Defence Expert Ranjeet Rai said there are people in Pakistan who disrespects Sufi, but Sufism gets respect in Lahore.

"Now that they have returned, Pakistan is saying may be they were RAW agents. One day it will get revealed what exactly happened there and why the Sufi clerics got kidnapped. The NIA will look into it. Something or the other will always happen in Pakistan due to terrorism," he added.

The two Indian Muslim clerics who went missing in Pakistan last week, forcing the Indian government to intervene, returned yesterday.

Syed Asif Ali Nizami and his nephew Nazim Ali Nizami, both clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, reached Delhi yesterday morning, spent time with their family and also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Syed Asif Nizami said they were not troubled and kept safely in a VIP room.

"We went to the shrine of Baba Farid Ganj and Data Darbar to offer prayers. We were kept in VIP rooms and were not troubled. I was taken to a place quite far from Karachi, with my face covered. I was offered food and they prepared tea for me," Asif Nizami told ANI.

He further said that he was asked about the details regarding his identity.

"They asked about my details and about Dargah too. The Station House Officer (SHO) took my details," he added.

Nazim Nizami said they went to Pakistan to spread the message of peace and love and will again visit there.

"We went there spread the message of Nizammuddin Dargah of peace and love. There are people who disagree with this message of peace and love. They said they had gone to the interior province of Sindh. We did not. We don't have the visa for that place. We are thankful to the Indian government because of whom, we are here. Negative people in Pakistan don't want us to go there again but we will go there again to spread the message if peace," Nazim Nizami told media here.

The duo had travelled to Pakistan to visit their relatives in Karachi and then embarked on a pilgrimage to Lahore.

They surfaced in Karachi and told that they had gone to meet their devotees in interior Sindh, where there was no phone connectivity.

One of them went missing in Karachi and the other in Lahore, reports claimed. (ANI)

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