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Feb 04, 2009 at 04:23pm IST

NSA MK Narayanan clarifies through PMO

New Delhi: After the interview with CNN-IBN, the National Security Adviser (NSA) MK Narayanan has issued a clarification through the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) that his quotes were taken out of context, which tended to give a distorted view of what he said during his interview to Karan Thapar's show, the Devil's Advocate.

The PMO clearly seeks to clear the confusion over the divergent views of National Security Adviser (NSA) MK Narayanan and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Pakistan's response to the Mumbai terror probe. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Wednesday said Narayanan's quotes were taken out of context, especially the ones about US President Barack Obama and Ex-General of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday underlined that India was yet to receive any official response from Pakistan, sharply differing with Narayanan's reported comments on Islamabad's attitude towards the Mumbai terror probe.

CNN-IBN stands by the interview, reiterating that no distortion has taken place. The NSA's backtracking comes a day after being publicly contradicted by the External Affairs Minister on his statement that Pakistan had reverted on india's terror dossier.

In an apparent contradiction of Foreign Minister's claim that there has been no response from Pakistan on the 26/11 dossier, MK Narayanan has said that Pakistan has reverted to them on the 26/11 dossier, with queries which appears to be a serious attempt by Pakistan to get to the truth.

However the NSA also said that he was suspicious of the intentions of Pakistan.

The PMO statement further added that the 'underlying theme of the reply to the question on Indo-US relations was the high expectation India had from the Obama administration with a hope being expressed that it would be possible for India to make the new administration appreciate India's positions and views on the region, including Kashmir.

'Similarly, the reference to the situation in Pakistan and the role of former President Musharraf were also made in the context of specific questions put by the interviewer.'

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