"We are not the only one who will be affected if the worst happens. Though I don't think that's going to happen," Menon said on Tuesday night during a discussion organised by the Indo-American Friendship Association.
Menon, who was the NSA when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, said a military withdrawal from Afghanistan had been on the US foreign policy radar since the time of former President Barack Obama. India's fear over it was misplaced.
"Have you ever seen an Afghan terrorist? You see Pakistani terrorists. Our problem is Pakistan, not Afghanistan," he added.
Menon said if India allowed itself to be fear-struck over the US withdrawal of troops, then it had "no right to be regarded as a great power".
On Indo-US relations, Menon said the two countries were seeing the "best years" of their friendship since independence. He also said that the rise of China as a great power will only bode well for India as US interests will match more with New Delhi's.
On US' failure to share technology, especially military, with India, Meera Shankar, a former Ambassador to the US, said: "There's a little reluctance on the part of the US on sharing technology because it thinks 'we created China, we don't want to make the same mistake with India now'."
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)