No-first-use is cornerstone of India's nuclear policy: Omar Abdullah responds to Parrikar

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the 'no-first-use' of nuclear weapons has been the corner stone of the country's nuclear policy.

PTI November 11, 2016 08:34:45 IST
No-first-use is cornerstone of India's nuclear policy: Omar Abdullah responds to Parrikar

Srinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the "no-first-use" of nuclear weapons has been the corner stone of the country's nuclear policy which has allowed it to lay claim to being a responsible power.

Nofirstuse is cornerstone of Indias nuclear policy Omar Abdullah responds to Parrikar

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah. PTI

"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".

"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.

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