AAP wants all-party team of Punjab MPs to visit Iraq

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2014 23:10 IST

The state unit of the Aam Adami Party (AAP) favours sending a delegation of parliamentarians from Punjab to Iraq for knowing the fate of the 39 Indians missing since June and believed to be in the captivity of the Islamic State (IS) militia.

In a statement issued on Saturday here, AAP state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur said since most of the missing Indians belonged to Punjab, an all-party delegation of state MPs should be sent to the Gulf country to gather first-hand information “instead of our relying on conjectures based on third-party reports”.

He said the AAP was willing to offer the services of all its state MPs for the cause; and indicated that Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann had two months ago even volunteered to go on a similar mission. “Media reports claim the IS militia killed their 39 Indians hostages probably but external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has denied it on the floor of the Lok Sabha. For ending the agony and the long wait of the families of these youth, it is imperative that we travel to Iraq before it is too late,” Chhotepur said.

He wondered why the MPs from the constituencies to which the majority of these youths belonged were not proactive on the issue, and why the chief minister and the deputy CM could not spare time to go to Delhi and take up the matter with the central government. “The two leaders have time to visit Dubai but not make a trip to Delhi,” he added.

The CM should have pushed the proposal for sending the delegation of MPs to Iraq, said the AAP leader, suggesting that the relatives of the missing youths be also included in the delegation. “Through the Indian embassy in Iraq, the MPs can establish contact with the IS or any other militant group. If the youths are alive, then efforts can be made to negotiate their release and bring them home,” said Chhotepur.

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