Sushma misleading House on Indians missing in Iraq: Partap Singh Bajwa

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Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa has accused External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of misleading Parliament on the issue of 39 Indians going missing from Iraq in 2014. “Our External Affairs Minister has misled Parliament. She has misled the nation,” said Bajwa.“This has been happening for the last two years. Parents are seeking clarifications from the Ministry of External Affairs.”He said a Punjabi youth named Harjeet Masih had escaped from Iraq and was a witness to the “kidnapping and killing” of the Indians by ISIS in June 2014, but Swaraj had dismissed Masih’s testimony as baseless.Seeking that a parliamentary delegation be sent to Iraq to bring back the survivors, Bajwa said such an exercise would enable identification of those who had been killed so that their families could be informed. He said families could not be kept waiting indefinitely for news about their loved ones.Congress MP Ambika Soni said, “The foreign minister gave not a wishy-washy assurance but a categorical assertion on the floor of this House that she had definite information that all 39 people were safe and she would bring them back. We referred to what my colleague Mr Bajwa had said, but she said it was not true.”Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said, “I will request Naqviji (Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs) to take up the matter with the Minister of External Affairs. She should contact the Embassy there. This is a genuine concern.”

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