Muslims shout anti-terrorism slogans and demand an end to the fighting in Iraq during a demonstration in New Delhi on Saturday.   India announced it would stop granting its nationals permission to travel to Iraq for work on as it stepped up efforts to secure the release of 39 Indians abducted by gunmen.
Muslims shout anti-terrorism slogans and demand an end to the fighting in Iraq during a demonstration in New Delhi on Saturday. India announced it would stop granting its nationals permission to travel to Iraq for work on as it stepped up efforts to secure the release of 39 Indians abducted by gunmen.

CHANDIGARH : Six Punjabis hailing from Gurdaspur district, who were stranded in strife-torn Iraq, have returned home safely even as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday assured that all the Punjabis in Iraq were safe.

Jaswant Singh, a resident of Balewal village, Shamsher Singh of Sallo Chahal village, Satnam Singh of Natt village, Parhlad Singh of Aliwal village, Surinder Ram of Puranshala village, and Major Singh of Thikriwal near Qadian, all  in Gurdaspur district, returned to their homes safely on Friday night.

They travelled to their homes in Gurdaspur district after landing at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

It was a touching scene when Jaswant Singh reached his home amidst tears rolling down his face as his elder brother had died of heart attack a few days back after learning about the strife in Iraq.

He told reporters that after the recent strife in Iraq, his company neither paid him the salary nor his dues and only provided him with a return air-ticket to India. According to Jaswant’s family, he had gone to Iraq two years back and was working as a labourer in a company. He was stranded with other Indians after ISIS fighters took over the area where he was living.

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