Stressing that nuclear weapons are not for fighting wars, Army Chief General V K Singh today said these weapons have a strategic capability and should be used for that purpose only.
“Nuclear weapons are not for war fighting, let’s be quite clear on it. They have got a strategic capability and that is where it should end. Me and my Army are not bothered about who has nuclear weapons. We have our task cutout and we will progress along that,” he told reporters here.
The Army chief said this in response to a query on any possible nuclear eventuality from China in wake of the new Mountain Strike Corps being raised by Indian Army.
On reports claiming that Pakistan may deploy its forces along its borders with India, as a defencive measure in case of any terror strike here, he said, “It does not affect our option in anyway. Those are their options, what they want to do, they are most welcome to do.”
Replying to a question whether the Finance Ministry has put a stop on some of the procurement plans of Army, Gen Singh denied knowledge of any such development and clarified it as a procedural measure.
“I don’t know. Every Ministry has its own procedure. I am quite sure they are following their own procedure and the country’s leadership is quite alive to what the needs of the armed forces are,” he said and hoped that things will be accordingly put into motion.
On the Gujarat High Court’s recent order to release a list of Indian Prisoners of War (PoWs) held in Pakistan, he said, “Discussion is going on this issue since 1965 and 1977. Government is trying its best for this. The court’s decision will be added to it.”