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No India-like N-deal with Pak: Burns

The under-secretary of State for political affairs said that Pakistan President Musharraf was not unhappy with the nuclear deal.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 14:28 IST
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Under-secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns has said that the US had no plans to offer an India-like nuclear deal to Pakistan.

He said this on Monday after President George Bush signed the Indo-US nuclear deal.

He said that the deal was "unique to India".

Burns, who played a key role in negotiating the deal, said that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was not unhappy with the India deal, although some Pakistanis beneath him were.

"We've made clear all along that this is a unique deal to India only.

This is an exemption ... we're making an exception for India only, and an exemption to the law for India only," the Dawn quoted Burns as saying while replying to a question if the US would offer a similar deal to Pakistan.

He added: "India is a unique state. I mean, given the weight that India has, given the impact that India has on global warming, on air pollution because of its dependence on fossil fuel, from an environmental standpoint, an energy standpoint, this makes sense."

He further said that the US wanted to free India of its dependence on Middle Eastern oil by offering it nuclear technology.

First Published: Dec 19, 2006 14:04 IST