New Delhi: A statement by Air Chief
Marshal P V Naik that Indian response to a possible Pakistani
nuclear attack would be "very heavy" doesn`t seem to have gone
down well with Defence Minister AK Antony.
Sources said the Minister was "not amused" over the
remarks made by the IAF Chief, who is retiring on July 31, at
a time when the two countries are holding Foreign Minister
-level talks. In the backdrop of this development, Naik met
the Defence Minister in his South Block office today.
The Defence Minister had himself refused to answer
queries yesterday related to Pakistan`s role in context of the
Kargil war saying that he did not want to "vitiate the
atmosphere" at such a time.
In his last press conference, the IAF chief had
yesterday said that though India followed a `no-first-use`
nuclear policy but warned its response would be very heavy in
the event of any nuclear attack on the country.
"Our nuclear policy is of no first use. It also talks
about a very heavy response in case of a nuclear attack. It
talks about a retaliatory and hard response, our policy talks
about that... obviously our response would be absolutely
violent as per our existing policy," he had said.