MFN status not yet granted to India: minister

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 3:26:38 by

The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that Pakistan has not yet granted Most Favoured Nation status to India for trade.


Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abbas Khan Afridi told the House during question hour that Pakistan maintains a Negative List of items for trade with India.


He said the elimination of the Negative List after the approval of the Cabinet will culminate into grant of MFC status to India. He said that India has already granted MFN status to Pakistan in 1996.


To a question‚ Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour told the House that out of 281 non-functional Diesel Electric Locomotives‚ 250 are being repaired and rehabilitated under different repair plans and projects with the approximate cost of 17 billion 213 million rupees.


He said projects are expected to be completed within next 3 years subject to availability of funds.


To a supplementary question he said that only provision of new 400 locomotives could turn PR into a profitable earning organization.
He said that hundred acres of railways land was retrieved from the illegal occupant and efforts were being made to vacate the remaining land.
To another question, the minister said that the total route length of railways network was 7791 km and no track has been removed since 2008 to date.


He said that there was no proposal under consideration to obtain loan of Rs.650 million from Asian Development Bank for rehabilitation of PR.
In response to a question, Haji Ghulam Bilour told the House that three pairs of Mail/Express trains and one shuttle train had been introduced during the last two years.

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