New Delhi: After a Kargil martyr's father requested the Supreme Court to direct the government to raise the issue of his son's killing at the International Court of Justice, the government on Tuesday said it has taken up the matter at the highest level and will do "whatever is possible" in the case.

Reacting to the petition filed by Lt Saurabh Kalia's father N K Kalia in the apex court, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said, "Whatever is possible would be done but I do not want to give you a commitment now of any nature of what is possible or what is being done.

"This is a matter we have taken up at the highest level over the years and we have not yet been able to get adequate stands of the matter being addressed, that is absolutely true."

Capt Kalia of the 4 Jat Regiment and five other soldiers of his patrolling team were captured alive on May 15, 1999 and kept in captivity where they were tortured and their bodies mutilated.

Khurshid said the incident was "an extremely distressing event" and such violations were completely unacceptable even in times of war.

He said the matter was with the Supreme Court and if the Apex Court requires, "I believe an adequate response would be given to the SC. The Ministry to do so I hope and I expect would be the Defence Ministry who are more closely related to the welfare of martyrs of armed forces."

He said whatever representation would have to be done at the international forum, "we will continue to do so". He said the country has very important wish list of things to do with Pakistan.


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