Palampur: It is rightly said, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. The 12-year long wait for justice for the brave souls who laid their lives for the nation in the Kargil war has emboldened the spirit of a lawyer who has pulled up her socks to fight for the cause. With the government raising its hands on the issue, a Britain-based lawyer of Indian origin, Jas Uppal, has strengthened the voice for justice to the soldiers brutally killed by the Pakistan army.

She has raised voice against the inhuman action by the Pakistan army to five Indian soldiers and first information provider Captain Saurabh Kalia and has made a formal request on the international podium to the foreign nations and agencies to stop providing financial aid to Pakistan.
 
Jas Uppal has been regularly involved in efforts against the injustice done to the Indian army. Post Indo-Pak war in 1971, she had launched a campaign regarding Indian prisoners and the behavior meted to them in Pakistan.
 
According to Uppal, India is emerging as a world power and must show its seriousness on issues related to human rights and value the lives of its soldiers. She also made an appeal for help to British House of Commons member M Fabricant in this regard.

In his reply on November 15, Fabricant assured of help and to raise the issue in human rights associations, supporting the demand of non-continuation of all international aids provided to Pakistan.

She said, “I am not just fighting for Captain Saurabh Kalia alone but also for justice to the families of the five other soldiers killed by the Pakistan army.”

Meanwhile, father NK Kalia, a 63-year old has been running a campaign since 12 years for justice by the government, but in vain. It is to be noted, Captain Saurabh Kalia was deployed in 4, Jat Regiment and was the first to inform about Pakistan army’s intrusion.

Kalia along with five other soldiers Arjun Ram, Banwari Lal, Moola Ram, Bhikha Ram and Naresh Singh were captured by the Pakistan army near Bajrang Post in Koksar sector on May 15, 1999. After brutally torturing them for weeks, their mutilated bodies were handed over to the Indian army on June 9, 1999.

Now, the efforts exerted by Uppal have given a new ray of hope to NK Kalia in providing peace to the souls of the martyrs.

(JPN/Bureau)