Punjab Congress general secretary Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa on Friday expressed his concern over the reported killings of 39 Punjabi workers by the Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Iraq.
"Narendra Modi's claiming to be a strong Prime Minister has proved to be a boast, as he has failed to ensure the safety of 40 Punjabi workers who were kidnapped in June," Fateh Bajwa said here, adding that the ministry of external affairs had kept the families of the missing men in dark about their fate.
"Had these people belonged to the UK or the US, their governments would have taken direct action to get them free," said the Congress leaders, asking the government why it had failed to ensure the safe return of the Punjabis but managed to get the kidnapped Kerala nurses freed.
He accused chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal of not making sincere efforts to put pressure on the Modi government for the freedom of the Punjabis; and charged external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj with being soft.
"Once Atal Bihari Vajpayee proved a weak prime minister when his government released Islamic terrorists in exchange for the passengers of a hijacked Indian aircraft. Now all eyes are on the Modi government. It has to own the responsibility, if the Punjabi youths in Iraq have been killed." Said Fateh Bajwa.