India never raised Captain Kalia’s case with Pakistan: Rehman Malik

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that India has not raised Indian Army`s Captain Saurabh Kalia`s issue with him.

Zeenews Bureau

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.

The issue of Kalia`s death was not part of my agenda in India this time, Malik added on the second day of this three-day visit to India.

He further accused the media of creating the agenda for the India-Pakistan talks, terming it "not fair".

Clarifying his Friday’s remarks on Kalia, Malik said he had been "totally misquoted" and that he did not know "too much of the incident".

"I am not a master computer," Malik said.

Malik had created a furore yesterday by saying that he wasn`t sure whether Captain Kalia "was killed by a Pakistani bullet, or the weather" during the Kargil conflict in 1999.

“When the fight is going on the border, we really don`t know whether he was killed with a Pakistani bullet or he died because of the weather," Malik had told reporters here on arrival on a three-day visit.

"I have not examined this case, it has just come to my notice very recently, but I will be very happy to see the father of the soldier, and shake hands and like to know what exactly happened," he added.

Giving clarifications, Malik said: "My full sympathies are with the family... Since the matter concerns the Ministry of Defence, I will take the information and have it investigated... The cause of death is not yet determined. If he was tortured, how could you expect that we would give such a body (back), knowing the reaction it would elicit."

Captain Kalia was captured by the Pakistan Army in 1999 during the Kargil conflict, and his badly tortured and mutilated body was later handed over by Pakistan.

Captain Kalia`s father NK Kalia recently moved the Supreme Court seeking its direction to the government to raise his son`s case at the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

(With IANS inputs)