India Withdraws Most Favored Nation Status for Pakistan

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India has made an announcement, withdrawing the most favored nation status for Pakistan.

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was told about attacks in occupied Kashmir on the Indian forces in which 44 paramilitary soldiers were killed.

Thus the Modi administration has decided to go for a full diplomatic isolation of Pakistan as revealed by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

He stated,  “The MFN status that had been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.”

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This status in World Trade Organization (WTO) means that everyone will be treated equally without any discrimination.

WTO website states, “Each member treats all the other members equally as ‘most-favoured’ trading partners. If a country improves the benefits that it gives to one trading partner, it has to give the same “best” treatment to all the other WTO members so that they all remain ‘most-favoured.”

Jaitley said, “The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will initiate all possible steps  and I’m referring to diplomatic steps  which have to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan.”

 Further adding that there is  “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistan “having a direct hand in this gruesome terrorist incident”.

Pakistan has rejected any involvement in the attack.

Dr Mohammad Faisal Spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan tweeted,  “Attack in Pulwama in IoK is a matter of grave concern. We have always condemned heightened acts of violence in Valley. We strongly reject any insinuation by elements in Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to State of Pakistan without investigations.”

As for the Indian finance minister, he said that their ministry will also “engage with the international community to make sure that the comprehensive convention on international terrorism, which has been pending for over three decades before the United Nations, particularly because of the definition of the word terrorism, is now adopted at the earliest.”

Adding, “As far as our security forces are concerned, we will be taking all possible steps, firstly to ensure that full security is maintained, and secondly, to ensure that those who have committed this heinous act of terrorism and those who have supported it actively are made to pay a heavy cost for it.”

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