Republic TV spoke to Lt Gen Raj Kadyan after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday that circumstances of the future will tell if India's nuclear policy of 'No First Use' will hold at that time. The veteran said that the statement was well thought out and needed to be said to the neighbouring country.
"Absolutely, (the need of the hour). It is a clear response to the remark made by Pakistan PM (Imran Khan) in the joint session of Parliament on August 6. He tried to warn the international community, he says things will heat up, that there could be conventional war, that if they lose the war then anything can happen, then he quickly said that he was not using this to blackmail, but that is what exactly he was doing so India cant wait for Pakistan to strike at first and keep waiting just because we have announced the policy of no first use.
"The warning is timely, this needed to be said that Pakistan please keep away from perfidy of using nuclear weapons otherwise we will not even let you do that we will act before that, so I think it is a well thought out statement," he said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday after visiting Pokhran spoke to news agency ANI saying that until today the country's nuclear policy is 'No First Use', but circumstances will tell if the policy will hold true for the future as well. "Till today, our nuclear policy is 'No First Use'. What happens in the future depends on the circumstances."
He had also tweeted about this position on Friday.