Retired Indian army lieutenant BS Jaswal, former commander of Northern Command, said India would reduce nuclear giants China and Pakistan into crumbling ruins if it is faced with a "two-front war".
The devastating conflict would destroy all of Pakistan and throw it back to the "Stone Age", he said.
And China's massive economic strides would take a massive hit and isolate Beijing from the world, he added confidently.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, Mr Jaswal said
is ready to take on its mighty neighbours simultaneously but both enemy countries would likely face a devastating fallout. India
He said: "
's policy is no first use [nuclear weapons] but massive retaliation. India
"We can face a two-front war. And if we retaliate,
will be thrown back to the Stone Age. We will destroy all of Pakistan ." Pakistan
He added: "And for
to wage a war would mean risking international isolation and facing massive setbacks to its economic ambitions." China
Fears of war were raised over a new moot point – the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – plummeting existing tensions between
and its neighbours to a new low. India
The new trade route is being built between fast friends
and Pakistan at a cost of £33bn in the northern Gilgit Baltistan; a territory China claims as its own. India
The news comes as
's president Xi Jinping flexes his military muscles in the area of Doklam, and heavy artillery is exchanged with China across the contentious Line of Control in Pakistan Kashmir.
Tensions remain equally strained in the
Last year, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat expressed his deep concern for a war on two fronts with
and China . Pakistan
had started to “flex its muscles” and had begun “taking over territory in a very gradual manner”. China
He said: “In sum,
and China are one entity threatening Pakistan on multiple fronts.” India
The former lieutenant discussed
’s “adept” skill for taking territory without resorting to “direct conflict”. China
He added: “
is adept at nibbling territory, and going by the experience of the Doklam crisis, it never seeks direct conflict. China
“It calls an area 'disputed,' and then occupies it by proclaiming it as Chinese territory.
Lieutenant general from the Indian Army’s Special Forces Prakash Katoch said earlier that Pakistan’s “foreign and defence policies” could be influenced by China following reports Xi Jinping could be planning to add to the tension in the region of Jammu and Kashmir.
He went on: “20 rounds of talks on the India-China boundary have yielded little and there is a need to address questions of an escalation by
at Pakistan ’s behest. China
“This also raises questions about whether
’s foreign and defence policies are influenced by Pakistan . China
become a de facto Chinese province with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Belt and Road Initiative? Pakistan
“Dispassionate analyses would conclude that this is a real possibility."