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Indians in Iraq: spar between Swaraj, Opposition in Rajya Sabha

Indians in Iraq: spar between Swaraj, Opposition in Rajya Sabha

Sushma said a day after the Iraqi Prime Minister declared that Mosul district was free of ISIS, MoS for External Affairs General (retired) VK Singh rushed to Mosul on July 10.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj charged Congress in Parliament on Thursday of politicising the issue of the 39 missing Indians in Iraq, claiming the main opposition has a "political agenda" to prove Harjit Massih, who had claimed witnessing the murder of the abducted persons, is right and the minister is wrong. She refused to disclose the identity of the sources, citing "diplomatic confidentiality", and even said that even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would agree that such confidentiality can not be breached.

"We are not sitting idle".

In another tweet, she said, "My heart belongs and beats for you", adding that "Pakistan doesn't deserve her at all".

"Why will I mislead?" What will I gain? "Similarly, their families are free to carry out ardas (prayers by families after the death of a person), but it will be their responsibility if someone comes back", Ms Swaraj said. She asked, "Why should I apologise?"

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"I repeat, I will not declare them (the missing Indians) dead until we have concrete evidence to that effect", she told Rajya Sabha.

Hijaab Asif, on microblogging site Twitter, said she wished Sushma Swaraj was the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

She said she has all through maintained that there is no proof of the abducted Indians being alive or dead. "The Iraqi Foreign Minister assured cooperation in all earnestness from the Iraqi side and informed her of the efforts being undertaken", the spokesperson said. "That is the last known location", she said, adding she had conveyed this to the families of the victims. Responding to this, Swaraj said she was first to speak to Masih after he called upon her but did not provide convincing reply of how he was able to escape.

The external affairs minister also cited an example of when the Congress government declaring a soldier as a martyr in the 1971 war, and after 45 years, it was found that he was in a jail in Pakistan.

Bajwa said the Badush jail was demolished three months ago. "Dear ma'am, spoke to DHC (Deputy High Commissioner) in Islamabad, told the patient's current condition and he said it's all up to you (Sushma Swaraj)". "They have misled the Parliament".


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