I am disappointed to receive defence minister A K Antony’s letter stating that the government can do little to force Pakistan to punish those who tortured, killed and mutilated the body of Capt. Saurabh Kalia and five other soldiers during the Kargil War of 1999. For the last few years, I have repeatedly said that their killing can in no circumstance be treated as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
I understand that under the Simla Agreement of 1972 the government has to resolve all issues and concern with neighbouring Pakistan bilaterally. India can not take up any such issues of dispute to international fora. Both the governments have to sit across the table and look for a solution.
But, this is a clear violation of human rights and treatment of enemy soldiers under the Geneva Convention. ‘Grave breaches’ are…Read more