Not sure if Capt. Kalia was killed by bullet or weather: Rehman Malik

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 14:40 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik Friday said that he wasn't sure whether the Indian Army's Capt. Saurabh Kalia "was killed by a Pakistani bullet, or the weather" during the Kargil conflict in 1999.

"When the fight is going on the border, we really don't know whether he was killed with a Pakistani bullet or he died because of the weather," Malik told reporters here on arrival on a three-day visit.

"I have not examined this case, it has just come to my notice very recently, but I will be very happy to see the father of the soldier, and shake hands and like to know what exactly happened," he added.

Capt. Kalia was captured by the Pakistan Army in 1999, during the Kargil conflict, and his badly tortured and mutilated body was later handed over by Pakistan.

Capt. Kalia's father N.K. Kalia recently moved the Supreme Court seeking its direction to the government to raise his son's case at the International Court of Justice at the Hague.

Kalia has been pressing the defence ministry, the army headquarters, external affairs ministry and the Prime Minister's Office for over a decade to exert pressure on Pakistan to punish those Pakistani soldiers who indulged in barbaric torture of his son and five other soldiers in violation of the Geneva Convention.

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