Monday, 21 August, 2017

Can't say if 39 Indians alive: Iraqi minister

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Erik Tate | 25 July, 2017, 12:00

The Iraq Foreign Minister is on a five-day visit to India.

While briefing the mediapersons here, the Iraqi minister said, "Can't confirm anything about the missing Indians", adding that his government will continue to its level best to trace them. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had announced the presence of the prisoners in Badush on July 16 after her meeting with the families.

The also follows recent reports that the prison in the nearby city of Badush, where the abductees were allegedly held, is now destroyed and empty. "We have been going through this torture for the past over three years", said Manjit Kaur, whose husband Dalwinder is among the missing men.

Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal MP Chandu Majra sought answers from the government on the issue in Parliament on Monday.

Al-Jaafari, who had also served as Iraq's prime minister between 2005 and 2006, said that there was also no evidence to show that the 39 Indians had ever been in Badush jail. The 39 missing Indians may be as Sushma Swaraj has suggested in Badush jail under IS captivity.

Sushma Swaraj had earlier said that with the freeing of Mosul, the process to trace and rescue the missing Indians would be taken forward. He said the Peshmerga were still clearing the ISIS held areas.

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Iraqi forces liberated Mosul after 266 days of fierce battles, ending three years of Islamic State rule.

He demanded that the government make the status of the missing Indians clear.

"We don't know if they are dead or alive", said Al Jafari while interacting with journalists.

The Iraqi foreign minister described the information as "inaccurate" and said the IS is known to circulate information that is "untrue".

"The families are hardly able to sustain themselves despite government help", said Balbir Singh, friend of one of the missing persons.

Describing ISIS as a "furious monster with most horrific acts", he "beseeched" the families that it would "take time" to find an answer. He met Swaraj in New Delhi for a discussion on bilateral relations between India and Iraq.

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