Sin to declare missing Indians dead without evidence: Sushma

by Abel Hampton July 27, 2017, 0:50
Sin to declare missing Indians dead without evidence: Sushma

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari visited India Monday to discuss his country's efforts to find the 39 Indian construction workers with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

In 2014, 39 Indian labourers, mostly from Punjab, were taken hostage by ISIS when it overran Iraq's second largest city Mosul.

Swaraj was due to give a statement on behalf of the government on the status of the missing Indians and to respond to Congress privilege notice against Sushma Swaraj.

We had six sources claiming that the missing Indians were alive...

Earlier, there was a massive uproar in Lok Sabha on Wednesday after External Minister Sushma Swaraj began to make a statement on 39 missing Indians in Iraq, the opposition MPs continued to interrupt her speech. "No one including their families will ask me anything after that", Swaraj said, adding that she isn't planning to do that.

The Minister was making a statement after reports after Iraq's recapture of Mosul that the jail in Badush where the Indians were reportedly lodged had been destroyed.

Swaraj last week brought up the possibility that the Indians were at the Badush prison, where ISIS slaughtered hundreds of Shiite Muslims during the group's lightning advance nationwide in 2014. "More countries are willing to help us", she said without giving the names.

The Minister said that in a war there are four categories of people - the Prisoners of War, the missing, those killed and those believed to be killed.

"It's easier for me to declare them dead because then nobody would question me".

Among the 39 Indian youth who had been missing, 22 are from Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala and Jalandhar in Punjab.

The Indian Embassy and the external affairs ministry have been using various diplomatic channels to establish contact with the abductors as well as the abductees. "But if tomorrow we discover that the person is alive, then only the person who talked to the family is responsible for it".

Denying that she misled Parliament or the families of the abducted persons, she said: "I have never misled". "Why should I believe Harjit Masih's claims?"

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