Unpardonable families learning from TV about Iraq killings: Omar

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Srinagar, March 20

Asserting that it was ‘unpardonable’ that the families of 39 Indians killed in Iraq learnt about their heartbreaking loss from TV channels, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said nothing Government of India (GoI) says can make up for the sheer heartlessness displayed today.

“Nothing Govt of India says can make up for the sheer heartlessness displayed today. Using Parliament as an excuse for the families of 39 dead Indians having to learn of their heartbreaking loss from TV channels is unpardonable,” Mr Abdullah, who is the working president of National Conference (NC), wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

Mr Abdullah said senior people in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), if not the Minister and her junior minister themselves, should have spoken to each of the 39 families before the news of the deaths was made public.

All the 39 Indians, who were abducted by the ISIS in Iraq in June 2014, were killed and their bodies have been recovered External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Of the 39 Indians – DNA tests conducted has confirmed that samples of 38 people have matched and one person Raju Yadav from Bihar has matched only 70 per cent. These Indians were missing in Mosul nearly three years back.

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