Pak tries to de-link MFN status issue from Kashmir

Last Updated: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 00:22

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday sought to de-link
the move to grant India Most Favoured Nation status for trade
from the resolution of the Kashmir issue, saying it would
continue to extend diplomatic and moral support to the
Kashmiri people`s right of self-determination.

"Pakistan continues to discuss the Kashmir issue with
India on every possible occasion and it figured in the resumed
dialogue process between the two countries," Foreign Office
spokesperson Tehmina Janjua told a weekly news briefing.

She was responding to questions linking Pakistan`s
decision in principle to grant MFN-status to India with the
resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan is committed to supporting the Kashmiri people`s
right of self-determination, she said.

The Kashmir issue was discussed during the last meeting of
the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan and it will remain
on the agenda of such talks, Janjua said.

Pakistan`s policy on Kashmir is "very clear" and the issue
was raised at all important international forums, she said.

"We would also like to express complete solidarity with
the Kashmiri people as they mark today as the Black Day,"
Janjua said.

In response to another question on a media report that
China is seeking military bases in Pakistan, Janjua dismissed
the report as "rubbish and mere fabrication".


First Published: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 00:22

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