Mon, Jan 23, 2017 | updated 01:51 AM IST

Govt. helping to get visas for Rizvi's parents: Swaraj

Updated: Jan 01, 2017 21:54 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 1 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said the government is making arrangements of visas for the parents of director and producer Abis Rizvi, who died in the Istanbul nightclub attack.

"I have just spoken to Mr.Akhtar Hassan Rizvi father of Abis Rizvi. He and Mrs Rizvi also want to go to Istanbul. We r organising their Visa. I have also spoken to Shri Ashok Shah father of Ms.Khushi Shah and conveyed our condolences," Swaraj tweeted.

Swaraj said she has asked Indian Ambassador in Turkey Rahul Kulshreshth to receive the families at the airport and make all arrangements.

Swaraj, earlier today informed that two Indian nationals have lost their lives in the Istanbul nightclub attack.

"I have a bad news from Turkey. We have lost two Indian nationals in the Istanbul attack. Indian Ambassador is on way to Istanbul. The victims are Mr. Abis Rizvi son of former Rajya Sabha MP and Ms.Khushi Shah from Gujarat," Swaraj tweeted.

At least 35 people were killed and 40 others injured in an armed attack at an Istanbul nightclub early Sunday.

The investigation into the attack is currently underway.

The attack comes three weeks after twin bombings in Istanbul killed at least 45 people, mostly police officers. (ANI)