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Sushma Swaraj assures Punjab youth's families safe release of their wards from Iraq

July 16, 2017 11:04 PM

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GURDASPUR: The Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured the families of all 39 Punjabi Youths who were kept hostage in Iraq by ISISI militants . their safe release after the Iraq authorities capture the Mosul.

The decision to this effect was taken by her at meeting with affected families at External Affairs Minister New Delhi today., who were called on her following the Iraqi forces freeing Mosul from ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a glimmer of hope has emerged for the families from Punjab and elsewhere who are waiting for the return of 39 youths the terror group kidnapped in June 2014.

As most of the youths, who have not made any contact with their families ever since, belong to Punjab, their families here now want the Indian government to take urgent measures to bring them back.

Raj Kumar of Talwandi Jhiuran village in Gurdaspur district , whose younger son Dharminder is among those stuck in Mosul, said, “If the Iraqi forces have really succeeded in getting Mosul free from the ISIS, it is a great news for us. Now, the Indian government should not take even 24 hours to act and get back them back as soon as possible.”

With tears in his eyes, Raj Kumar, father of Dharminder, who was one of the 40 youths abducted by the militants, told that having no means to earn the live hood, they had sent Dharminder to Iraq ten months ago after taking a loan of Rs.1.70 lakh by mortgaging their house. She further told that her son was working as a labourer in some private company at Mosul.

On June 15, they got a last call from Dharminder, who told them that the tension was increasing in their city with every passing day and now their city was captured by the militant outfits and they have no where about of the owner of the company, who was holding their passport and other documents. He also asked them to convey the plight of all those 40 youths, staying with him, to the Indian government after which, the phone was disconnected.
After that, they made many calls on that number but it was switched off, she added.
Narrating his tale of woe She said that These families have already met external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at least 12 times to seek her intervention but in vein
He also urged the union government to re-habitat all those youths, who will return back to India, as they had went to Iraq after taking huge loans by mortgaging their houses and land because all these families were living under below the poverty and trodden families.

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