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'Pak has defined timeline to grant MFN status to India'

Pak joint secretary Rabbina Ather visits ICP, says will be operational by February.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2011 23:05 IST
HT Correspondent/Aseem
HT Correspondent/Aseem
Hindustan Times

Pakistan’s joint secretary, ministry of commerce Rabbina Ather said that Pakistan has already defined a timeline to grant MFN status to India and by end of next year India will b given a complete MFN status.

Ather, who was in India to visit the Integrated Check Post and hold talks with KK Mittal, joint secretary border management, said this while talking to mediapersons.

It may be mentioned that to facilitate trade, both India and Pakistan are constructing Integrated Check posts at the border.

Ather, after holding meeting with Indian counterpart, said, “Our ICP is all most complete. Some work is remaining on the Indian side but we feel that this both the countries will se fully operational ICP’s by February next year.”

The Pakistani joint secretary also visited the Indian ICP and met other officials of the Indian delegation.

It may be mentioned that ever since the trade got a boost, both nations had decided to set up ICP’s.

Once complete, the ICP on Indian side will have ultra modern facilities and truck scanners. Other than this, administrative offices, storage facilities, parking areas and other facilities will also be put in place.

First Published: Dec 22, 2011 23:04 IST