Amritsar, Mar 4: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said a full-scale war was not affordable; but Pakistan would not hesitate to use its nuclear arsenal if it felt it was losing out against India in a conventional war.
Pointing out that both India and Pakistan were nuclear powers, Captain Amarinder Singh said it was not in either country’s interest to use the weapons of destruction but Islamabad could indulge in such a misadventure if faced with defeat in other battles.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) air strikes had proven India’s resolve to deal with the problem in the wake of the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy, said the Chief Minister in an informal chat with the mediapersons here.
He, however, refused to comment on the number of terrorists killed in the strikes, saying, “whether it was one killed or 100, the message had gone out loud and clear – that India will not let the killing of its innocent soldiers and citizens go unpunished.”
Pointed out that Pakistan was in a huge economic mess and had been going around with a begging bowl and surviving on doles from other Islamic nations, Captain Singh said they could ill-afford a full-fledged war with India. And though both were nuke powered countries, Pakistan could act out of desperation to use its nuclear weapons if they found themselves cornered, he warned. (UNI)