Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said that the “no-first-use” of nuclear weapons has been the cornerstone of the country’s nuclear policy which has allowed it to lay claim to being a responsible power.
“No first use has been the corner stone of our nuclear policy & allowed India to lay claim to being a responsible power after Pokhran 2,” Omar wrote on Twitter.
He was reacting to the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks in New Delhi that why India cannot say “we are a responsible nuclear power and I will not use it irresponsibly” instead of affirming a “no first use policy”.
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“Why should I bind myself? I should say I am a responsible nuclear power and I will not use it irresponsibly. This is my (personal) thinking,” Parrikar said replying to a question as he explained the need to be unpredictable in warfare strategy.
No first use has been the corner stone of our nuclear policy & allowed India to lay claim to being a responsible power after Pokhran 2. https://t.co/Z1PFadNqE1— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) November 10, 2016