Have faith in our MFN offer, says Pak

“I want to assure you... and ask you to please have trust and faith in the process (normalisation of trade). We are well on course. The cabinet has mandated us for trade normalisation and with that mandate we are here,” Mahmood said in his opening remarks at the two-day trade talks between the commerce secretaries of India and Pakistan, without referring to MFN. Islamabad announced grant of MFN status to New Delhi early this month, but confusion has prevailed since India granted the MFN status to Pakistan as early as 1996.

In Pakistan, besides common people and businessmen, political leadership wants normalisation of bilateral trade, Mahmood said. Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar hoped that the current round of talks would produce significant and meaningful results.
“Expectations from these talks are running high. Our business communities, our politicians and our citizens are looking to both our delegations to deliver a substantial breakthrough.” he said.

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