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Badal talks to Sushma, Capt too seeks Centre's intervention

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 18, 2014
First Published: 22:18 IST(18/6/2014) | Last Updated: 14:04 IST(19/6/2014)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday called up union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to seek intervention for release of Punjabis abducted in Iraq. According to a press release issued here, Badal said it was high time the union government exploited all diplomatic channels for bringing back Indians from Iraq.

READ: Families panic as ministry confirms abductions in Iraq

Badal stressed that "though there is hardly anything in the hands of the state government in the matters pertaining to foreign affairs… the Punjab government appeals to the union government to take a prompt action". The CM also directed the deputy commissioners to keep close liaison with families of the abducted Punjabis. Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia also conveyed his solidarity with the distressed families, several of whom belong to Amritsar and some to his assembly constituency of Majitha.

READ: Panic grips families of Punjabis stranded in Iraq

At a media interaction, deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal too said that Swaraj had called him to inform that the needful directions had been issued to the Indian high commission in Iraq.

READ: Punjab govt seeks details from families

Meanwhile, deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha and former CM Capt Amarinder Singh too issued a statement expressing grave concern over the abduction Indians from Mosul in Iraq. He sought the union government's urgent intervention to ensure the safe return of all Indians stranded there, including those reportedly abducted by insurgents.

Send officials to Iraq: AAP
Ludhiana: To a question about the Iraq abductions during a media interaction, AAP leader Manish Sisodia said here that his party would request the government to look into the matter as such incidents shattered the confidence of youth interested in taking up work overseas. "The best officials working with the ministry of external affairs should go to Iraq," he added.

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