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Pak postpones NDMA status to India in view of LS polls: Sharif

Pakistan postponed the decision to grant Non-Discriminatory Market Access (NDMA) status to India to avoid favour to a particular Indian political party ahead of Lok Sabha polls and due to lack of consensus at home, prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said.

Speaking to the media after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of a two-day nuclear summit in The Hague, Sharif said he had directed his team to talk to all stakeholders and develop consensus on the matter.

He admitted that the decision to grant ‘MFN’ (most-favoured nation) status to India was postponed because of a lack of consensus, Dawn News reported.

‘We also deferred this due to elections in India because we did not want to favour single political party in India,’ Sharif added.

A media report had said that the main stumbling block was the foreign ministry here. However, the ministry has denied such claims.
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