NEW DELHI (Agencies) - India's National Security Advisor MK Narayanan is of the opinion that former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was a better deal for India compared to the present government in Islamabad. In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN, Narayanan said India had a better chance of resolving many issues when Musharraf was in power. When asked if Pakistan had become a more difficult or more complicated country, after General Musharraf resigned, Narayanan replied in the positive. "From an Indian standpoint, I would say ask me why? I think despite the fact that Musharraf was seen as a military man and a president who probably came to power not necessarily through the route of formal elections, etc.,... I think as far as India was concerned, with regard to the questions we had on Kashmir, etc., it was possible to do business with him. And I think our Prime Minister's now very well worn statement, namely that 'I can do business with president Musharraf' is now widely recognised as being part of the truth," said Narayanan. "I think during that period, particularly the period between '05 and '06, I think a great deal was done in terms of arriving at a modus vivendi in some of our more difficult issues and questions and had he not got into problems with the judiciary in 2007, perhaps we might have had a much better breakthrough rather than the conference building measures that were taken in two or three years when he was in office," Narayanan added. The Indian NSA said US President Barack Obama was barking up the wrong tree by attempting to link Afghanistan and Kashmir. He also said there was tremendous and genuine warmth between Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But he added that it was difficult to do business with President Zardari because the centre of power in Pakistan lay with the Pakistani Army. To a question, "as you know, there is nervousness in many quarters in Delhi that President Obama tends to link the fight against Taliban and Al-Qaeda which is his declared top priority, with a solution to Kashmir, Narayanan replied, "References made by President Obama which seem to suggest that there is a link between settlement of the western war, on Pakistan's western border and the Kashmir issue, certainly had caused concern. But I do think we can make Obama understand, if he does nurse any such view, that he's barking up the wrong tree," he added. "I think there's tremendous warmth in the relationship between the Prime Minister and President Zardari... a little less so between (Pakistani) Prime Minister Gilani and the Prime Minister. But I think the warmth is genuine, it is not a put on show but I think everybody recognises that that the power lies elsewhere, not necessarily with the (Pakistani) President and the (Pakistani) Prime Minister. It's nothing that we can do anything about, but the fact is that it is difficult therefore to do business." Meanwhile, India has "hardly" any choice except to patiently wait for Pakistan to respond to the dossier given on Mumbai attacks, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday. "We won't get anything by simply losing our patience, so hardly we have a choice," Mukherjee said at CNN-IBN's 'Indian of the Year' Award function here.