Responding Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's 'No First Use' doctrine change warning, Pakistan Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari, on Friday has claimed that India's 'No First Use' policy ended on 4 January 2003 when the Indian government had allegedly stated the use of nuclear weapons against any attack on India or the Indian forces. Notably, India has never actually started any provocation with Pakistan, still adhering to its 'No First use' policy
She further cites the change in policy from a Cabinet Committee on Security's review of India's nuclear policy in 2003.
This comes in response to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's statement on Friday at Pokhran where he went to pay his tribute to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary.
He said: "This is the truth that India's stand as much as Nuclear policy is concerned has remained 'no first policy' but what will happen in future will depend on the circumstances in the future."
The Defence Minister also tweeted about the same and paid tribute to the Former PM. BJP-led government has so far not proposed any change in the nuclear doctrine or the No First Use (NFU) on which India’s declaratory nuclear doctrine is based, however, in 2014 election manifesto, it had promised to “study in detail India’s nuclear doctrine, and revise and update it, to make it relevant to challenges of current times.”
The relation between the nuclear neighbours India and Pakistan came on an edge after India abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. While New Delhi said categorically to domestic and international platform alike that it is India's internal matter, Pakistan has called the 'unilateral' move as 'illegal' and has taken a number of actions against India including downgrading trade ties.
There have also been several ceasefire violations from Pakistan in J&K's Poonch district in the past few days since the passage of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act.