Replying to a question in the National Assembly, he said the extension of WTO is a reciprocal measure therefore the other 163 WTO members have extended MFN status
The Indian media quoted an anonymous official who said that the withdrawal of the MFN status
was not under consideration, and it was mere speculation due to the tense situation between India and Pakistan.
The US MFN status
was restored to Bulgaria and Mongolia in November 1991, and to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania in December 1991, in April 1992 to Czechoslovakia, Flungary and Armenia, to Russia and Ukraine in June 1992, to Republic of Moldova in July 1992, to Kyrgystan in August 1992, etc.
Pakistan has "unfortunately" failed to give MFN status
to India, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said.
India had granted the MFN status
to Pakistan in 1996 to lure Pakistan into reciprocating, so that with improved trade ties it could also ask Pakistan to allow using land route to export to Afghanistan and Central Asian republics.
According to Dawn, while India granted Pakistan "Most Favoured Nation (MFN)" status in 1999, Pakistan had pledged to grant India MFN status
by the end of 2012, meaning Indian exports would be treated the same as those from other nations, but has so far not done so.
When India gave MFN status
to Pakistan in 1995-96, the trade ratio between the two countries remained in favour of India by standing at 1:2, which rose to 1:6 in 2010-11,
He also informed the House that India granted the MFN status
to Pakistan in 1996 but Pakistan is still contemplating on the issue.
The government is taking considerations like Kashmir before making a decision on the MFN status
There is no immediate consideration to grant India MFN status
," Dar told Hamid Mir on Geo News program ' Capital Talk'.
While India has long ago granted Pakistan the MFN status
but Pakistan has only recently expressed willingness to follow suit.
However, officials believe that right wing groups, backed by the agriculturist lobby, were opposing the MFN status