New Delhi: Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said that India has not raised Indian Army's Captain Saurabh Kalia's issue with him.

“India has not raised Saurabh Kalia's issue with me,” the visiting dignitary said on the second day of this three-day visit to India.

Malik, upon his arrival in New Delhi on Friday, had said that he wasn't sure whether Capt. Kalia "was killed by a Pakistani bullet or by the weather" during the Kargil conflict in 1999.

Capt. Kalia of the Jat regiment and five soldiers were captured by Pakistani troops and held captive from May 15 to June 7, 1999. The six Indian soldiers were brutally tortured - including the mutilation of their genitals - and finally shot dead.

Capt. Kalia's father N.K. Kalia has taken his son's torture-killing to the Supreme Court, saying Pakistan should be asked to apologise. He has also approached the United Nations Human Rights Commission asking it to probe his son's death as a war crime.

NK Kalia has been pressing the defence ministry, the army headquarters, External Affairs Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office for over a decade to exert pressure on Pakistan to punish the Pakistani soldiers responsible for the act in violation of the Geneva Convention.

(JPN/Bureau)

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