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Dec 22, 2007 at 11:46am IST

I'm hurt India suspicious about me: Benazir

New Delhi: In response to a comment made on her by National Security Advisor M K Narayanan, former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto says she is hurt and disappointed that India looks at her with suspicion.

Narayanan's charge against her in interview to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar was that she did not keep a number of promises made to her Indian counterpart Rajiv Gandhi.

Reacting strongly to Narayanan's statement, Benazir said it was in fact Rajiv Gandhi who did not keep his promise of withdrawing Indian troops from Siachen in 1988.

She also added that her government had honoured Rajiv's appeal of helping India curb Sikh militancy in Punjab.

Narayanan, in the interview, added that it is difficult to believe that if Benazir Bhutto becomes Prime Minister, she will live up to her promise of extraditing Dawood Ibrahim and giving India access to terrorists like Masood Azhar and Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed.

M K Narayanan: It's difficult to believe she will. One has to go by what she did in the 90s so one is skeptical.

Karan Thapar: Her track record is against her?

M K Narayanan: Her track record is not necessarily something that would make us believe that she will follow to the letter and the spirit of what she has said. The single most important entity in Pakistan remains the army and the ISI and I find it extremely difficult to believe that prime minister Benazir Bhutto, if she becomes that, will have a free hand in doing all the things that she wishes to do, but we hope that she will do her best.

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