“EAM Jaishankar made a promise”: What the wife of a Navy veteran freed by Qatar said | Latest News India

The wife of a former Indian navy personnel released by Qatar said Foreign Minister S Jaishankar had promised to bring her back to India and the Narendra Modi government had kept its promise.

Retired Indian Navy Captain Saurabh Vashishtha, who returned to India on Monday after being released from a prison in Qatar, was greeted by his family members upon his arrival at his home in Dehradun on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. (PTI) {{ ^userSubscribed}} {{/userSubscribed}} {{^userSubscribed}} {{/userSubscribed}}

In a major diplomatic breakthrough, India secured the release of eight jailed former navy personnel and seven of them returned home on Monday, nearly three and a half months after they were sentenced to death by a Qatari court and subsequently commuted to varying prison sentences.

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Mansa Vashisht, wife of Captain Saurabh Vashisht, recalled the time when her husband was sentenced to death by a Qatari court along with seven others.

“It’s difficult for me to describe the time. There was great uncertainty. I stayed in Doha the entire time and was allowed to meet him for a very short period of time,” she told PTI.

“When we were Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, he promised then to bring them all back and they (the government) kept their promise. I would like to thank the government for bringing my husband back,” she added.

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Captain Saurabh Vashisht praised the Indian government for “this impossible feat”.

“Due to Prime Minister Modi’s personal intervention with the government of Qatar, this day has come and I am standing here in Dehradun with my family,” a visibly relieved Vashisht added.

Foreign Minister Vinay Kwatra said Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has constantly monitored developments in the case and has never shied away from initiatives that would ensure the return of Indians. The seven Indian nationals reached Delhi on a private airline around 2:35 am on Monday. The foreign minister said, without elaborating, that New Delhi continues to work with the Qatari government to ensure the speedy return of the eighth Indian.

The eight nationals are: Captains Navtej Gill and Saurabh Vasisht, Commanders Purnendu Tiwari, Amit Nagpal, SK Gupta, BK Verma and Sugunakar Pakala and Seaman Ragesh. Commander Tiwari could not return due to pending paperwork, people familiar with the matter said.

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