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Musharraf better than present Pak govt: NSA

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Feb 02, 2009 at 08:36am IST

New Delhi: National Security Advisor MK Narayanan is of the opinion that former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf was a better deal for India compared to the present government in Islamabad.

In an exclusive interview with Karan Thapar, Narayanan said that India had a better chance of resolving many issues when Musharraf was in power.

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When asked by Karan Thapar if Pakistan has become a more difficult or more complicated country, after General Musharraf resigned, Narayanan replied in the positive.

"From an Indian standpoint, I would say yes....you ask me why? I think despite the fact that Musharraf was seen as a military man and a president who probably came to power not necessarily though the route of formal elections, etc... I think as far as India was concerned, with regard to the questions we had on Kashmir, etc, it was possible to do business with him. And I think our Prime Minister's now very well worn statement, namely that 'I can do business with president Musharraf' is now widely recognised as being part of the truth," said Narayanan.

"I think during that period, particularly the period between '05 and '06, I think a great deal was done in terms of arriving at a modus prevendi in some of our more difficult issues and questions and had he not got into problems with the judiciary in 2007, perhaps we might have had a much better breakthrough rather than the conference building measures that were taken the two or three years he was in office," Narayanan added.

Meanwhile, India has said that it is ready to share more information with Pakistan on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks even as New Delhi still waits for Islamabad's response to the first dossier.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday that India is ready to send another dossier on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and added that official channels should be open as the diplomatic relations between the two countries is still on.

He reiterated that Pakistan has not given any report to India on its probe into the terror strikes and that a lot of reports have appeared in media in this regard.

"But Islamabad has not replied to the dossier that India had officially given to that country," he said in Berhampore (West Bengal).

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