There is no proposal to grant ‘Most Favoured
Nation’ (MFN) status to Pakistan, to promote bilateral trade the government
told the Parliament last week.
In a written reply to a question in the Rajya
Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar said India has accorded
MFN status to all WTO members, including Pakistan, in accordance with the
provisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. It is unfortunate
that Pakistan has not fulfilled its international obligations in this regard,
There is no proposal before the government to
review the MFN status to Pakistan the minister told the house.
Replying to separate question, Akbar said SAARC
has been unable to achieve its potential as key initiatives, including in the
important area of connectivity, were held back due to “lack of response and
obstructionist” approach of Pakistan.
Several SAARC member states expressed their
inability to participate in the 19th SAARC Summit that was scheduled to be held
in November 2016 in Pakistan due to concerns arising from increasing
cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the
internal affairs of member states by that country, the minister said.
He also said that India remains steadfast in its
commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity and contacts but believes that
these can only go forward in an atmosphere free from terror.