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Bush?s ?no? to Pervez N-plea

In a blunt rejection of Pakistan?s demand for a civilian nuclear deal on the lines he clinched with India, US President George W Bush on Saturday said the two countries had different needs and different histories. After discussions with President Pervez Musharraf, the US President was asked by reporters whether Washington would have with energy-deficient Pakistan a nuclear deal similar to the one he had reached with Indian two days ago.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 01:47 IST
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In a blunt rejection of Pakistan’s demand for a civilian nuclear deal on the lines he clinched with India, US President George W Bush on Saturday said the two countries had different needs and different histories.

After discussions with President Pervez Musharraf, the US President was asked by reporters whether Washington would have with energy-deficient Pakistan a nuclear deal similar to the one he had reached with Indian two days ago.

With Musharraf standing by his side, Bush stated in unambiguous terms that "Pakistan and India are different countries with different needs and different histories". The US President's reference to "different histories" was an obvious reference to the track record of India and Pakistan in the nuclear field.

Washington has maintained that India is a responsible nuclear power in contrast to Pakistan's clandestine help in this sphere to some countries highlighted by the actions of its top scientist AQ Khan, now under house arrest.

On Musharraf seeking US involvement in facilitating the resolution of Kashmir and other issues, Bush refused to be drawn into it saying the "best way" for doing so was for leaders of the two countries to "step up and lead".

“The best way for Kashmir to be resolved is for the leaders of both countries to step up and lead, and that's exactly what President Musharraf has done and that's what Prime Minister Singh has assured me he wants to do," he said.

He made it clear that the role of the US was to continue to encourage the parties concerned to come together to resolve the contentious issue. "The atmosphere is changing," he said noting that the CBMs taken by the two countries have begun to bear fruit.