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HindustanTimes Fri,01 Aug 2014

Families to meet Sushma Swaraj again on Sunday

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  AMRITSAR, June 28, 2014
First Published: 20:02 IST(28/6/2014) | Last Updated: 20:06 IST(28/6/2014)

After a continuous wait that has failed to bring any major results, the families of those stuck in worn-tor Iraq are all set to meet foreign minister Sushma Swaraj once again on Sunday.
 
As per the information, families of about 20 youth, who are stuck in Iraq, will be meeting the foreign minister on Sunday at 3: 00 pm.
 
The families, mostly in the surrounding areas of Amritsar and Doaba region, had met the minister around 10 days back in New Delhi. During the meeting in which Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal also present, the families were assured of all assistance and also safer return of all those stuck in Iraq.
 
However, since then, the families have been waiting for something concrete result, but not much has happened. Neither the government has informed them and nor have they been able to meet get in touch with their kin stuck in Iraq.
 
About 40 persons, who worked in a construction company, had gone missing and had lost contact with their families. Later, their kidnapping reports further made the families here in India more anxious. Although the government of India has been repeatedly telling the families that youth were ‘safe’, the families, who are desperate to speak to their wards in Iraq, were losing patience.

Few days back when most of the families who gathered at a Kathunangal Gurudwara to offer prayers for the well being of the youth were seen in tears and had openly stated that mere assurances by the government were not going to work.
 
Talking to HT, Ranjit Kaur, mother of Jatinder Singh, who is stuck in Iraq, said, “We are going to meet the minister with a lot of hope. We went to the minister about 10 days back, but nothing concrete happened. We are worried about all those stuck there. We will again meet Sushma Swaraj on Sunday and request her to take urgent measures for the safe return of our wards. Every family who son is stuck in Iraq is very worried. We just want them back home.”
 
Gurpinder Kaur, who is fighting for the release for her brother Manjinder Singh, said, “We will be asking the minister why nothing much has been done till now and why there is no information about the missing persons. I will definitely request her to take stringent measures to rescue all the Indians from Iraq.”
 
The families said that though the government had assured them of all help, until there is any contact with the missing youths, there could be no breather for them.
 
The families will be accompanied by Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Gujral, along with DSGMC chief Manjit Singh GK and Prof Sarchand Singh, media advisor of cabinet minister Bikram Majithia.

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