UK parliamentary panel to hear Kargil hero's case

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    CHANDIGARH: UK-based advocate and human rights activist Jesbir Uppal will make a presentation on Kargil martyr Saurav Kalia's case before a British parliamentary group in London on Tuesday.

    According to Uppal, her aim is to make the parliamentary group aware about the terrible suffering and war crimes committed on Saurav and his fellow soldiers by Pakistani soldiers.

    Uppal was contacted by Saurav's father NK Kalia to take up his son's case before the United Nations' human rights body. She also said it was extremely important that the West was made aware of these cases.

    Her presentation would be on the launch of British Pakistani Christian Association's (BPCA's) new report on 'minority others' in Pakistan, in which she would be presenting Saurav's case.

    Uppal has also been running 'Free Sarabjit campaign' in UK and says her aim is to convince UK's parliamentary group about the inhuman torture so that UK may support the case at the international forum.

    NK Kalia has moved a petition before the Supreme Court seeking directives to the ministry of external affairs and ministry of home affairs to take up the matter before International Court of Justice.

    He alleged that the torture of his son by Pakistan troops is in violation of the Geneva Convention. He wants the Indian government to pressurize Pakistan to apologize, identify and punish those Pak soldiers indulged in the barbaric act.

    Other speakers would be Wilson Chowdhry and Nathaniel Lewis of BPCA, Desmond Fernandes (genocide scholar), Faiz Baluch (working with the International Voice for Baloch Missing Persons) and Daniel Scot (charged under Pakistan's infamous blasphemy law).

    In May 1999, Captain Kalia was on patrolling duty in the Kaksar area with five other soldiers when they were caught by Pakistan army, which kept them in captivity for over 22 days and subjected to brutal torture. Their body was handed over to India on June 9, 1999. Parts of their body were burnt and eyes were gorged out.

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