‘No First Use’ nuclear policy depends on circumstances: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

A Group of Ministers (GOM) meeting will be held at the official residence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday.

"As recently as November 2018, while operationalizing India's nuclear missile submarine, INS Arihant, Modi again committed to NNFU: "[India] remains committed to the doctrine of Credible Minimum Deterrence and No First Use, as enshrined in the decision taken...on January 4, 2003".

"It is true that till now, India has strictly adhered to the "No First Use" policy. What happens in future depends on the circumstances", Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.

"The substance and timing of the Indian Defence Minister's statement is highly unfortunate and reflective of India's irresponsible and belligerent behaviour".

The Indian defence minister visited Pokhran on Friday where the country conducted its nuclear test in 1998. Pokhran-II was carried out when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP government was in power.

The Jammu and Kashmir government also released a Press Note saying that 12 of the 22 districts are now "functioning normally", with some limited night-time restrictions in five of these.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Twitter said history reminded us that a fascist warmongering state can never win.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor today said, "Kashmir is definitely a nuclear flash point". By this logic, nuclear theorists argue that New Delhi's dilution of its NFFU pledge creates "use it or lose it" incentives in Pakistan to pre-emptively its nukes. Speaking at a book release function, Parrikar had said, "Why a lot of people say that India has No First Use policy". India has repeatedly claimed that the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is an internal issue.

'India has stopped getting scared of Pakistan's threats.

This is not the first time that the Modi government has made a statement regarding its nuclear policy. "I am not saying you have to use it first just because you don't decide that you don't use it".

"The minister is pretty clear in what he's said", foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

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