No MFN Status To India Before J&K Resolved: Pak MPs1 May 2011
Islamabad: A group of Pakistani Parliamentarians has moved a resolution that says the settlement of the Kashmir issue should be 'a pre-condition' for giving the Most Favoured Nation status to India. The resolution, signed by 10 members of the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament belonging to the PML-Q and PML-N and an independent lawmaker, was yesterday submitted to the Parliament Secretariat by PML-Q lawmaker Marvi Memon, a known critic of India. 'This House resolves that Most Favoured Nation-status to India should be a pre-condition for resolution of Kashmir dispute. Any effort to grant MFN status to India prior to resolution of Kashmir will be considered as a lethal blow to Kashmir cause,' the resolution states. In the clearest indication yet that it is moving towards granting MFN status to India, Pakistan agreed in recent talks between Commerce Secretaries of the two countries that it would take 'immediate necessary steps to ensure that non-discriminatory trade regime is operationalised at the earliest.' Pakistan also recognised that the grant of MFN status to India will help in expanding bilateral trade, according to a joint statement issued after the talks. Briefing the media after the parleys, Pakistan's Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood made it clear that the Kashmir issue or resolution of political matters was not in any way linked to the grant of MFN status to India.