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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

6 Punjabis return home; others in Iraq safe, Sushma tells Badal

PTI  Chandigarh, June 21, 2014
First Published: 19:53 IST(21/6/2014) | Last Updated: 23:30 IST(21/6/2014)

Six Punjabis hailing from Gurdaspur district, who were stranded in strife-torn Iraq, have returned home safely on Saturday, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj assured that all the Punjabis in Iraq were safe.


Jaswant Singh, a resident of Balewal village, Shamsher Singh of Sallo Chahal village, Satnam Singh of Natt village, Parhlad Singh of Aliwal village, Surinder Ram of Puranshala village, and Major Singh of Thikriwal near Qadian, all in Gurdaspur district, returned to their homes safely last night.

They travelled to Gurdaspur district after landing at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.

It was a touching scene when Jaswant Singh reached his home amidst tears rolling down his face as his elder brother had died of heart attack a few days back after learning about the strife in Iraq.

He told reporters that after the recent strife in Iraq, his company neither paid him the salary nor his dues and only provided him with a return air-ticket to India.

READ: Number of Haryana residents stranded in Iraq rises to 144

According to Jaswant's family, he had gone to Iraq two years back and was working as a labourer in a company. He was stranded with other Indians after ISIS fighters took over the area where he was living.

READ: Himachal in touch with centre on Iraq crisis: Virbhadra

Talking to the mediapersons during his 'Sangat Darshan' programme in Lambi assembly segment in Muktsar district, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that Sushma Swaraj had informed him over phone in the morning that all the Punjabis in Iraq were safe.

READ: Families of three Kangra men stuck in Iraq meet Deputy Commissioner

He said that his government was constantly in touch with the Centre to ensure the safe and prompt return of all Punjabis stranded in Iraq.

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