Khurshid promises to extend help to Captain Kalia’s father
New Delhi: Union External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid expressed his distress on grievance against Pakistan over the issue of the Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia, who was made captive and subjected to brutal torture by the Pakistan Army in 1999.
Earlier this morning Kalia’s father, Dr N K Kalia, a retired scientist asked the Supreme Court to direct the Union Government to take up his son’s case in an international judicial forum and pressurize Pakistan to apologise for the incident that went against all norms of the Geneva Convention.
While terming the incident as ‘unacceptable’, Khurshid said: “This is an extremely sad story. But having expressed our deep distress and concern, we haven''t got an adequate response from Pakistan. I express my deep respect to the family.” “Whatever is possible will be done frankly, but I don’t want to give you a commitment now of any nature… The matter is before the Supreme Court and if the court requires, an adequate answer will be given,” he added.
Reacting to the issue former External Minister, Jaswant Singh said that he had raised the issue before the then Foreign Minister of Pakistan very strongly. “The issue is so fundamental; it is just not a question of Geneva Convention or the mood of the international conduct between the nations in conflict. It is totally unfair.