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Is India doing 'business' with IS in Libya, asks Manish Tewari

Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday questioned whether India was 'doing business' with terror outfit Islamic State (IS) in Libya.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2015 19:00 IST
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Congress leader Manish Tewari on Saturday questioned whether India was "doing business" with terror outfit Islamic State (IS) in Libya.

"Happy two Indians released in Sirte Libya pray for others. Ques- since (Foreign Minister) Sushma Swaraj claiming credit - is India doing business with IS in Libya," tweeted the former information and broadcasting minister.

"Since foreign minister seems to have direct "hotline" to IS or ISIS in Libya what happened to 57 people from Punjab, are they dead or alive FM," he asked in another tweet.

Condemning Tewari for his controversial remark, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) spokesperson Nalin Kohli acused Congress of 'double talks'.

"We saw double standards in Pak's talk, now Congress is doing the same," Kohli told ANI.

"Why does Congress get upset when the people of the nation benefit from something we do," Kohli added.

Two of four Indians abducted in the Libyan city of Sirte, an area under the control of the Islamic State terror group, were freed on Friday, two days after they were taken hostage when they were returning to India.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: "I am happy we have been able to secure the release of Lakshmikant and Vijay Kumar. Trying for other two."

Swaraj also expressed concern over many Indian nurses going back to Yemen where the situation was not normal. "Many Indian nurses we evacuated from Yemen are going back. That is a cause for worry. Situation not normal and we do not have Embassy there," she tweeted.

(With inputs from ANI and IANS)

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