Thu, 10 Nov 2011 03:27:51 GMT

Pak won't backtrack on MFN: Hina Rabbani Khar

Maldives: Noting that Indo-Pak ties are "complex" and "complicated", Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar today said Islamabad is not backtracking on its decision to normalise bilateral trade with New Delhi of which Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status is a part.

Pak won't backtrack on MFN: Hina Rabbani Khar

Underlining that Pakistani military was an important stakeholder in the country's foreign policy, Khar said Indo-Pak relations should "not be bogged down" by the past.

"We want tomorrow to lead today rather than yesterday to define today and tomorrow," Khar told PTI in this picturesque city.

Asked about the confusing statements emerging from Pakistan about the MFN status being given to India, Khar, who is here for the SAARC summit, said emphatically, "We will not backtrack on a cabinet decision. So let me categorically say that and I don't see a lot of room for confusion."

Explaining the process, she said, "It (MFN status) wasn't on a negotiating table with India that Pakistan had committed to India and now Pakistan is backtracking."

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