dglobalnews.com Declaring ISIS hostages dead without proof is sin, says Sushma Swaraj
Published: Thu, July 27, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Declaring ISIS hostages dead without proof is sin, says Sushma Swaraj

Declaring ISIS hostages dead without proof is sin, says Sushma Swaraj

Stating that there is no evidence to show that the 39 Indians abducted in Mosul in Iraq have been killed, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that she would not commit the sin of declaring them dead.

Swaraj said that on June 15, 2015, 20 days after the NDA government came to power, she was approached by Harjit Masih, who said that he had managed to escape from the Islamic State. "We got information that Islamic State captured Indians and made them work in the agricultural land".

"There were contradictions in Masih's version". I also said the ISIS has a habit of issuing lists if they kill many people of a country. "The House should tell me if I should stop the search or continue to trace them as six sources give an optimistic response", she told. The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were intercepted, reported NDTV.

Making in a statement in the Lok Sabha, the Minister refuted the allegation that the government was misleading the nation on the issue.

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Making a statement in the Lok Sabha on the issue, Sushma Swaraj said, 'Without evidence we cannot believe that Indians in Mosul over last three years are dead and we will continue to search for them.

Swaraj cited the example of the Congress government declaring a soldier martyr in 1971 war and after 45 years, it was found that he was in a jail in Pakistan. "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. These are all unanswered questions", she said, adding that Iraq's Foreign Minister had said that they "do not have concrete information whether they (Indians) are alive or not. "He told me that in Iraq it is said that wait is worse than death", Swaraj said. "In her present role, she has become India's best-loved official, mostly due to her tireless attention to Indians in distress overseas", said the article. "Otherwise there will be bodies, are the bodies in shape to do a DNA test..." she said. She also stated that she would meet the families only if she had some credible proof of the fate of the 39 Indians.

The external affairs minister said she had never misled Parliament or the families of the abducted Indians.

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