Resolution by Pak MPs links MFN status to India with Kashmir

A group of Pakistani Parliamentarians has moved a resolution that says the settlement of the Kashmir issue should be "a pre-condition" for giving the Most Favoured Nation status to India.

Updated: May 01, 2011, 14:27 PM IST

Islamabad: A group of Pakistani
Parliamentarians has moved a resolution that says the
settlement of the Kashmir issue should be "a pre-condition"
for giving the Most Favoured Nation status to India.

The resolution, signed by 10 members of the National
Assembly or lower house of Parliament belonging to the PML-Q
and PML-N and an independent lawmaker, was yesterday submitted
to the Parliament Secretariat by PML-Q lawmaker Marvi Memon, a
known critic of India.

"This House resolves that Most Favoured Nation-status to
India should be a pre-condition for resolution of Kashmir
dispute. Any effort to grant MFN status to India prior to
resolution of Kashmir will be considered as a lethal blow to
Kashmir cause," the resolution states.

In the clearest indication yet that it is moving towards
granting MFN status to India, Pakistan agreed in recent talks
between Commerce Secretaries of the two countries that it
would take "immediate necessary steps to ensure that
non-discriminatory trade regime is operationalised at the
earliest."

Pakistan also recognised that the grant of MFN status to
India will help in expanding bilateral trade, according to a
joint statement issued after the talks.

Briefing the media after the parleys, Pakistan`s Commerce
Secretary Zafar Mahmood made it clear that the Kashmir issue
or resolution of political matters was not in any way linked
to the grant of MFN status to India.

PTI