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Pak nuke needs different from India: Musharraf

Musharraf also said he was "very satisifed" with the outcome of the visit of the American President.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 03:44 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Putting up a brave front in the face of refusal by President George W Bush to extend the historic Indo-US civil nuclear deal to Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf has said he was aware of "interests and nuances" in interstate relations but insisted that Islamabad's needs in nuclear field were different from that of New Delhi.

In an interview aired in CNN's Late Edition, Musharraf also said he was "very satisifed" with the outcome of the visit of the American President. "I think I'm very satisfied. We developed very close understanding and there was a lot of substance in the interaction," he said.

Asked on the difference in Bush Administration's treatment of India and Pakistan on civilian nuclear energy, Musharraf said he agreed with Bush in his assessment of dealing with two countries with different interests.

"I would tend to agree with him. When we are dealing with two countries, the inter-state relations have different compunctions; they have different nuances. The relationship with India, who doesn't know which side it is directed, and the relationship with Pakistan has a totally different nuance," the Pakistani President said.

"So, therefore, one really, in interstate relations, countries have to look at each other's interests, the mutuality of interests."

"Now, as far as the nuclear side is concerned, Pakistan really does not need much from United States at all What we need is nuclear energy. And we discussed that with him. And there was a very positive response from his side. So, our need, vis-a-vis, with the United States is totally different between -- as far as Indian needs with the United States is concerned," he remarked. MORE

"And I'm a very strong believer that this tendency of being Indocentric in all relations doesn't have a rationale. And I wouldn't like to do that at all. Pakistan has its interests and United States has its interests in Pakistan. We need to see that and we need to move forward on that track.

"And I think both of us move forward on the track, wherever there is mutual interest. And we don't have to bother what they are doing with India," he said.

Musharraf also maintained that the AQ Khan issue did not come up in the meeting with President Bush.

"No, it didn't come up during this talk. We already had spoken about it in the past, that we need to have some kind of an interrogation with him, which is mutually in a methodology which satisfied mutual concerns, and we are going forward on that, so there was no need of discussing it," Musharraf said.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 03:44 IST