Trade normalization between India, Pak may hit 'deadlock' due to delay in MFN status decision

Islamabad, Dec 28 (ANI): Trade normalisation between Delhi and Islamabad may hit a deadlock as Pakistan has not yet decided to implement its decision of granting the Most Favoured Nations (MFN) status to India, a report has said.

Islamabad is scheduled to abolish its negative list of tradable goods by December 31.

The list contains 1,209 items that cannot be imported from India.

However, at a weekly news briefing foreign ministry spokesperson said that Pakistan was still going through the 'internal processes' on granting the MFN status to India.

When asked that Pakistan had already agreed to give effect to its decision on MFN by December 31, Moazzam Ali Khan did not give any time line, the Express Tribune reports.

He said that internal processes are expected to be implemented as soon as possible.

According to the paper, Islamabad's reluctance to give specific time-frame on MFN issue appears to suggest differences with India on certain matters.

Some Pakistani officials pointed out that the government's decision in principle to grant MFN status was conditional to India's willingness to reduce its Pakistan specific-sensitive list by 30 percent maintained under the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement. (ANI)

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