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FO clarifies reports of reservations over India MFN status

Published Jan 10, 2013 01:50pm


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Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. — Photo by AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government is committed to implementing its decision of granting most favoured nation (MFN) status to India, the foreign office said, rebuffing reports published by Pakistani media earlier on Thursday.

In a statement issued Thursday evening, the foreign office said that remarks by Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani had been reported out of context.

“The Foreign Secretary had actually said that certain stakeholders have some reservations on the MFN status,” clarified the statement.

The statement added that Pakistan will continue its efforts to establish normal trade relations with India.

Earlier, the foreign secretary had been quoted by news channels that Pakistan had some reservations over granting India the MFN status.

Jilani had added that commerce ministers of both neighbouring countries would hold talks on the reservations within the next few days.

He further said violation of ceasefire on the line of control after 10 years was unfortunate.

Jilani added that Pakistan had communicated to India that she was ready for an independent probe into the violation.

The foreign secretary moreover said that the director generals military operations of both countries had communicated on the matter.

He said both sides would have to exercise restraint in the wake of the ceasefire violation.


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Comments (25) Closed

Proud Secular Jan 11, 2013 06:23pm
How can u hate a particular religion... when u have never met a person belonging to the same religion..??... that shows how much hatred ur country has fed u... By the way I am a hindu.. and have plenty of muslim friends who have plenty of hindu friends and so on... thats the feeling u cant have belonging to a non secular country...
himesh Jan 11, 2013 03:52pm
It seems u don't have knowledge of economics , Read books
Nasah (USA) Jan 10, 2013 12:34pm
Looks like some elements of the uniform on both side of the divide do not want to share the same views on MFN or detente between the two countries. The bigotry is deep never the twain shall meet.
george Jan 11, 2013 03:55pm
Pakistanis are buying everything Indian from Dubai, and also from Afganisthan. The government is losing tax, and people are deprived of cheaper medicines.
Gaurav Jan 11, 2013 07:04am
We are not living in any shell. Our economy is the second fastest growing economy in the world, and no thanks to any MFN status from Pakistan for that. We are doing well and we will continue to do well without Pakistan's MFN status. Both countries got independence at the same time and look at where we are. While we have been leaping forwards Pakistan is jumping backwards.
Gaurav Jan 11, 2013 06:34am
who needs their MFN status anyway. Our economy is doing great without it. And we should take away the MFN status given to Pakistan and stop trade with them. No trade unless they stop sponsoring terrorism against us.
Shah Deeldar Jan 10, 2013 01:23pm
Why would anybody care about that naming? It is pretty much an academic thing at this point. This is hardly any carrot for Indians.
Arvind Jan 10, 2013 11:55am
It is very unfortunate that Pakistan and India are fighting a never ending war between both the governments and citizens. In Pakistan, there are lots of problem like education,infrastructure,unemployment,terrorism and so on , it can be never ending. We need to think why can't religion be a personal matter and practiced at respective homes and not on the streets. This is universal not for Pakistan or India , applicable to the whole world. I have personally experience that people follow the rules of religion which they like and mainly in the public to show the people how much they are religious. We have double standard on religion , our real thinking or practice never comes out. we need to retrospect and think , think and think to make this word different and peaceful where all can live together.
ROHIT PANDEY Jan 10, 2013 08:40pm
Indian Army has no say in politics....if your implication is that?
Ahmed Sultan (India) Jan 10, 2013 04:45pm
Please give us MFN status, we need it urgently. LOL
Ali Jan 10, 2013 09:41pm
I would prefer MFN status established with IRAN without a doubt! We don't need to develop such a relationship with India. In the long-term, such an MFN status will enable Pakistan to look towards better integration with the Middle East and Central Asia rather than India. Hence, it is more in line with our cultural, ideological and religious perspectives.
ROHIT PANDEY Jan 10, 2013 10:01am
Pakistan has reservations about aiming for prosperity and increased trade with an ever increasing market in India.
zoro Jan 10, 2013 10:20am
Who cares about MFN from Pakistan anyway .... Pakistan herself is at loss .. and not India ... The statement sounds as if India is begging for MFN status from Pakistan ...
Vectra Indian Jan 10, 2013 10:52am
pakistan backtracking from its commitment will give a serious blow to ties with India amid current situation,this has the potential to push pack the ties to further isolation with a obvious reason of upsetting India further.lets see in which way pakistan chooses for mfn or against mfn...
faraz Jan 10, 2013 07:47pm
ooh good for you...American businesses will teach you a lesson in economic prosperity very soon. good for you fools
Rahul Jan 10, 2013 01:33pm
If both India and Pakistan survive for next say 200 years, some where in 2213 you can expect almost similar statement, how funny people from both sides are !!!
Keti Zilgish Jan 10, 2013 08:03pm
I like the way you put this, Arvind. Thanks a lot.
faraz Jan 10, 2013 07:37pm
what religion do you represent? the caste system, how democratic, are you a shudra or a brahman
Shri Jan 10, 2013 01:49pm
Another U-turn. But I don't mind.
John Vicks Jan 10, 2013 01:58pm
You should become habitual by now !! U-turns and denials ....part of the package :)
Kumar Jan 10, 2013 02:04pm
India offered most favour nation to Pakistan in 1996. It is 18 years and Pakistan can not decide on offering same to India. It is time India cancel the MFN status and make it on reciprocity basis.This will be step backward. It seems Pakistani leaders ares not interested in improving economic lot of its people.. With trade comes peace.
john Jan 10, 2013 02:37pm
People like you should need to come out of their shell and accept that both countries are equally at benefit! mofo
Akram Jan 10, 2013 06:45pm
Pakistan needs more time to consider the economic implications for this, the decision was made in some haste, without taking on board the people whose livelihood will be affected by this. Pakistan must protect its long term interests.
Asif Kahsmiri Jan 10, 2013 03:17pm
All my indian friends please double check , its times of india where you need to go and comment.
S. Qureshi Jan 10, 2013 03:43pm
Who cares about MFN from Pakistan?