Iraqi Government Has No Clue of 39 Missing Indians

Geneva Matthews
July 25, 2017

"We're not 100 per cent sure whether they're alive or not, we don't know. We have been going through this torture for the past over three years", said Manjit Kaur, whose husband Dalwinder is among the missing men.

When ISIS captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in 2014, 40 Indians were known to be working in a factory there. The issue was raised by Swaraj during extensive talks with al-Jaafari, who began a five-day India visit today, almost two weeks after Mosul's liberation by Iraqi forces.

The visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jafri has said that Iraqi government does not have any information about the missing 39 Indian workers in Mosul. After he returned, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj held a meeting with the families and told them that the missing Indians were probably lodged in a jail in Badush, a village near Mosul.

After his return, Ms Swaraj had reportedly told the families of the abducted Indians that they could be in Badush jail. "We don't know if those 39 are dead or alive but all efforts are being made to trace them", said Jafari.

"The families are hardly able to sustain themselves despite government help", said Balbir Singh, friend of one of the missing persons.

Al-Jaafari's comments came after Indian Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh visited Iraq after Iraqi forces aided by an global coalition liberated Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation on July 9. The volume of bilateral trade in 2016-17 was almost $13 billion.

However, media reports on Saturday suggested the prison in Badush had been reduced to a rubble due to the civil war between the Iraqi forces and the Isis fighters.

Most of the 39 Indians who went missing in 2014 are from Punjab. He said that Swaraj should make it clear whether it had been a failure of the intelligence agencies, or India's diplomatic relations with Iraq and other countries had failed.

Sources said former Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa was to give the notice on Monday, but his party asked him to wait for the External Affairs Minister's statement.

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