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Punjabis missing in Iraq: Bajwa for moving privilege motion against Sushma Swaraj

Around 40 Indians, majority of them Punjabis, were abducted by the ISIS from Iraqi town.

punjab Updated: Jul 23, 2017 10:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Punjabis in Iraq,Partap Singh Bajwa,Sushma Swaraj
Bajwa said if media can reach there, why cannot parliamentarians.(HT Photo)

Chandigarh

Congress Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa would on Monday submit a plea to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan to bring a privilege motion against minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj for “misleading the nation, Parliament and families” of 39 Indians, mostly Punjabais, who were abducted in Iraq in June 2014.

“Sushma has lost all credibility. The media has nailed her lies by going up to Badush and showing that the jail, where Swaraj said the Indians were lodged, lies in ruins. I have spoken to my party leadership to move a breach of privilege motion against her,” Bajwa said while speaking to the media here on Saturday.

Again mooting that an all-party delegation be sent there to know the ground reality, Bajwa said if media can reach there, why cannot parliamentarians. “I volunteer to be a part of this delegation. Minister of state for external affairs, General VK Singh (retd), should accompany us. The government has made this an unending story. Without providing a shred of evidence on the missing Indians, it is sticking to falsehood,” he said.

Around 40 Indians, majority of them Punjabis, were abducted by the ISIS from Iraqi town. One of them, Harjit Masih from Gurdaspur district had managed to escape. He claimed to have witnessed the massacre of the other 39 Indians. However, Harjit’s version was rejected by Swaraj claiming that she had confirmed from six sources that these people were alive.

“Sushma can decide not to reveal the sources but she can at least clarify to families about their whereabouts. They have met her umpteen number of times to know about their kin,” he added.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 10:46 IST