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Govt not to move International Court against Pak for Captain Kalia

New Delhi, June 1: In a big blow to the family of Captain Saurabh Kalia, who was tortured by the Pakistan Army in 1999 during the Kargil conflict, the Narendra Modi government has refused to move the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Pakistan.

The government now says that moving the ICJ against Pak, as demanded by the family of Kalia, will not be feasible. Notably, the BJP, while in Opposition, had lashed out at the UPA government for not acting against Pakistan. The UPA had in 2013 told the Supreme Court that it is bound by Simla Agreement of 1972, so it can not treat Saurabh Kalia case as a war crime.

Capt Saurabh, of the 4 Jat Regiment, was the first Army officer to report incursion by the Pak Army on Indian soil in Kargil region. He and five soldiers were on patrol of the Bajrang Post in the Kaksar sector of Jammu and Kashmir when they were taken captive by Pak troops on May 15, 1999. They were tortured for weeks before being killed. Their mutilated bodies were handed over to the India on June 9.

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