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‘Ex-NSA had differences with PM on Pak talks’

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former National Security Advisor (NSA) MK Narayanan differed on talks with Pakistan, reveals a cable released by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

Updated: Sep 03, 2011, 15:49 PM IST

London/New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former National Security Advisor (NSA) MK Narayanan differed on talks with Pakistan, reveals a cable released by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

The cable exposes Narayanan as readily conceding that he had differences with Prime Minister Singh.

The former NSA has described Dr Singh as a "great believer" in talks and negotiations with Islamabad, while Narayanan himself was "not a great believer in Pakistan".

He added that after the Prime Minister spoke in speeches of India`s "shared destiny" with Pakistan, he told the PM "you have a shared destiny, we don`t".

WikiLeaks also reveals that India and Pakistan had through "back channels" agreed to a non-territorial solution to Kashmir.

An agreement to this effect was reportedly reached between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf.

According to the US embassy cable - dated April 21, 2009 - Singh confirmed this to a visiting US delegation, led by then House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Howard Berman in April, 2009, saying that the solution included free trade and movement across LoC.

Singh told the US delegation that Delhi and Islamabad had made great progress prior to February 2007, when president Musharraf ran into trouble.

After a series of blunders, WikiLeaks on Friday dumped its entire archive of 251,287 unfiltered and unedited secret US diplomatic cables online, drawing an angry response from its media collaborators.

ANI