'Pakistan committed to giving MFN status to India'

Islamabad, Jan 10 (IANS) The Pakistan government Thursday said it was committed to implementing its decision to grant most favoured nation (MFN) status to India.

The assertion over the MFN status came from Pakistan's foreign office in the evening as a clarification following Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani's reported comment that Islamabad had some reservations over granting India MFN status.

The commerce ministers of the two neighbours would hold talks on the reservations within the next few days, Pakistani TV channels had quoted Jilani as saying earlier in the day.

Rubbishing all such reports, the foreign office in a statement clarified that the Pakistani government was committed to implementing its decision of granting most favoured nation (MFN) status to India.

Stating that the foreign secretary's remarks had been reported out of context, the foreign office said: "The foreign secretary had actually said that certain stakeholders have some reservations on the MFN status."

Pakistan would continue its efforts to establish normal trade relations with India, the statement added.

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