Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan warns of the risk of nuclear war among the two neighboring nations amid tensions over disputed Kashmir region. He has renewed his call for an end to the curfew in Indian administered Kashmir.He has pledged that his nation would not initiate and military conflict with India, warning of the risk of a nuclear war breaking out between the two neighboring South Asian countries as tensions related to the region of Kashmir remain at fever pitch”We are two nuclear-armed countries, if tensions rise then there is a danger to the world from this,” Khan told a gathering of visiting Indian Sikhs in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday. “From our side, we will never act first.”
Although Khan’s remarks were initially reported by the Reuters news agency as promising not to use nuclear weapons first, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan clarified that there would be no change to Pakistan’s nuclear defensive stance.”Remarks have been taken out of context”, said Spokesman Muhammad Faisal. “While conflict should not take place between two nuclear states, there’s no change in Pakistan’s nuclear policy,” he said in a statement.
Even in the past, Pakistan has not precluded the first-use of nuclear weapons as part of its “full-spectrum deterrence” stance.
India’s Defence Minister, last month, raised a question of India changing its policy on not using nuclear weapons first in a conflict with Pakistan.
“Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’,” said Rajnath Singh on a visit to the site of an Indian nuclear test in 1998.”India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in the future depends on the circumstances.”