Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said his government would bear the "entire expenditure for safe return of Punjabis who have been abducted in Iraq".
"Badal told the Centre the state government will bear the entire expenditure for the safe return of these Punjabis (from Iraq)," an official statement quoting the Chief Minister said here.
Badal also called up External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to secure the release of Punjabis "abducted" in Iraq. Seeking prompt intervention of the Union government to immediately bring back Punjabis to their motherland, Badal said the Centre should make all out efforts for ensuring the safe release of all these Punjabis.
"It is high time the Union government must exploit all diplomatic channels for bringing back these Punjabis from Iraq," he said.