Pakistan on Monday said it has no immediate plans to give MFN-status to India as there is a need to normalise bilateral relations.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, a close aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said the government was not considering any proposal to grant Most Favoured Nation-status to India. “Giving MFN-status immediately is not under consideration,” Dar told Geo News channel tonight. “There is no consideration as of now. We need to normalise other things,” he said.
Dar said “some actors” in India were trying to “sabotage” a proposed meeting between Prime Minister Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September so that the situation in the region does not improve.
“If there is a conspiracy to spoil relations and scuttle the meeting, it is regrettable. We can’t change neighbours and so, we should remain peaceful,” he said.