I'll be the first person to inform about missing Indians

I'll be the first person to inform about missing Indians

Swaraj said the government would continue its efforts to trace the missing Indians, majority construction labourers from Punjab, until it gets evidence of their death, adding that the Iraqi Foreign Minister had assured her of pursuing the matter.

In her speech in Lok Sabha, Swaraj said: "What happens when I declare someone dead and tomorrow they come and stand in front of me?"

She said that she never claimed that the missing Indians were alive, she had just said that until she does not get proofs of their death, she will continue the search assuming them to be alive. Even the U.S. still looks for soldiers who went missing in World War II.

Sushma Swaraj refused to make the statement until she was allowed to speak in silence.

"There were contradictions in Masih's version".

The minister had on July 16, based on information gathered by her deputy VK Singh during his visit to Mosul after its recent liberation from ISIS, stated that the abducted Indians may be lodged in the jail, located in northwest Mosul. I want to ask the Opposition - what benefit will I get by misleading? "I also told them that I am not in touch with any of the missing persons and all my information comes from other sources".

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The group of Indian labourers, mostly from Punjab region, was taken hostage by ISIS when it attacked Mosul in 2014. Mrs Swaraj assured the House that India will continue its efforts to search them.

The Minister said while one person (Masih) has said they are dead, at least "six sources" have said they may be alive.

She cited an example of the Congress Government declaring a soldier martyred in the 1971 War and after 45 years, it was found that he was in a jail in Pakistan.

On Monday, Iraq said it was "not 100 per cent sure" whether the Indians, who were kidnapped by ISIS in Mosul three years ago, are alive or dead.

"If someone feels they are dead, you are free to go to the families". What benefit will my government get by misleading the people on the issue? "But if anyone turns up alive, then it is their responsibility".

Forty Indians, majority from Punjab, went missing in June 2014 after Mosul fell to the Islamic State. "Otherwise there will be bodies, are the bodies in shape to do a DNA test..." she said.

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