Capt Kalia’s father files appeal in UN

After filing a petition in the Supreme Court, Kargil war martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia's father N K Kalia has now approached the United Nations Human Rights Council seeking action against Pakistan for torturing the Army officer in the 1999 Kargil war.

Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrasekhar has also filed a petition alongwith Kalia's father on behalf of the Flags of Honour Foundation as a co-petitioner.

Kalia was captured by the Pakistan army and kept in custody for 22 days during which, he was tortured — in violations of international norms. He was leading a patrol team alongwith five other soldiers, who were also captured and later killed.

When contacted at Palampur, N K Kalia said a petition has been filed but his lawyer has advised him against going to the media since petition in the Supreme Court will come up for hearing this weekend.

A retired scientist, N K Kalia had approached several authorities in the last 13 years seeking justice for his son but to no avail.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar on Tuesday urged the Centre to take action to provide justice to the Captain's family. In a statement, Kumar said: "The Army Chief and the government had assured action on the issue but the hopes for getting justice are fading away for the family, which had sacrificed the son for the country's honour. Pakistan has violated the Geneva Convention by inhuman torture on a prisoner of war and should be punished for the same."

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