Stating that there is no evidence to show that the 39 Indians abducted in Mosul in Iraq have been killed, Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that she would not commit the sin of declaring them dead.
'Why should I believe Harjit Masih's claims that the 39 Indians are dead? Even the USA still looks for soldiers who went missing in World War II.
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"There were contradictions in Masih's version". "In her present role, she has become India's best-loved official, mostly due to her tireless attention to Indians in distress overseas", says the article. She further added that Bajwa had asked for an apology from her for misleading the nation, but instead of apologising she was firm on her saying that she will not declare them dead till she gets credible evidence and will continue to search.
More than 10,000 Indians fled Iraq amid the upsurge in violence in 2014, including dozens of nurses who were held briefly by suspected ISIS terrorists in Tikrit and Mosul before being allowed to return home. He never said they are dead.
Mentioning about her earlier statement, Sushma said, "I had said that one person said the 39 Indians were killed while six sources said otherwise". Nearly immediately, Swaraj had announced that there was no proof of the deaths, and that the government would continue to search for them. "Similarly, their families are free to carry out ardas (rituals) but it will be their responsibility if someone comes back", she said. "What benefit my government gets by misleading the people on the issue". She said she won't rest until she finds out where they were. Balwant was one of about 39 Indian construction workers kidnapped by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) when it overran Iraq's second largest city of Mosul in 2014.