Grant of MFN status to India and trade in petro products will be among the issues likely to figure in the meeting of the commerce ministers of India and Pakistan on January 18.
Still, the Obama Administration has been raising the issue with the new Nawaz Sharif Government to grant MFN status to India as soon as possible.
India is unlikely to be granted the `Most Favoured Nation` (MFN) status before 2014 Lok Sabha elections and resumption of composite dialogue between the two nations, Pakistan Finance Minister has said.
Pakistan has assured the International Monetary Fund of granting the most-favoured nation status to India.
The Pakistan government on Monday said it has no immediate plan to grant the most favoured nation (MFN) status to India.
Stakeholders in Pakistan have "some reservations" about giving Most Favoured Nation-status to India and issue will be discussed at meeting between two sides, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said.
Pak recently switched over to a negative list regime for trade with India, paving the way for MFN-status by next year.
Pakistan is expected to grant
the MFN status to India by this year-
end as it is to phase out the negative list by then.
Once the MFN status is granted, Pakistan will have to treat India on par with its other favoured trading partners.
In a fiery speech, Saeed said
Defa-e-Pakistan Council would oppose any move by Pak to
give India MFN status.
Saeed alleged that America and India were behind moves
to keep Pakistan constantly embroiled in war on
Pakistan Friday said it was
unlikely that the process of granting India Most Favoured Nation-status to boost bilateral trade would be completed before October.
Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Faheem assured that MFN decision would not affect Pakistan`s stand on Kashmir.
Government on Thursday said Pakistan was
in the process of granting Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India.
Pakistan could grant the Most Favoured Nation status to India by October next year, a senior official of the Foreign Ministry said.
India and Pakistan had recently unveiled a slew of measures to normalise
On Nov 2, Pakistan granted MFN status to India, reciprocating a 15-year-old gesture.
India Wednesday said with Pakistan
agreeing to open its market completely for Indian goods by end-2012, the process of grant of most-favoured nation status
to New Delhi will be complete.
Pak government’s move was criticised by clerics during sermons at Friday prayers as both JuD and the Jamaat-e-Islami observed a "protest day".
Pakistan’s flip-flop on granting MFN status to India continues with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani saying that a final decision on the issue is yet to be taken.
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