NEW DELHI (PPI) - The much-awaited Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between India and Pakistan, that would seek to reduce duties on products of export interest of both countries, might not see light of the day till the latter grants Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India. While Pakistan has been showing considerable interest in having a bilateral trade deal with India that would help them access the country's booming markets, India has stated this can only become a possibility only when it recognizes India as their non-discriminatory trading partner, Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar told Business Standard newspaper in an interview. "After the grant of MFN status by Pakistan, it will be easier for us to get the necessary approvals from the Trade & Economic Relations Committee (TERC) to initiate talks on having an exclusive trade pact with Pakistan. But for the time being, we have asked them to work towards the agreements reached under South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)," Khullar said. The TERC, headed by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, looks into various issues concerning promotion trade and bilateral relations with India. According to WTO rules, it is right of a country to get MFN status from another member country. Grant of MFN status by Pakistan would expand the number of products to be traded in positive list of commodities that are exported by India. "Pakistan has to give India non-discriminatory status in trade and this is for the first time where there is clarity between trade and non-tariff barriers. They have agreed to the fact there is no link between MFN and non-tariff barriers," Khullar added. This issue would also be raised during the next meeting between both commerce secretaries in Nov when Pakistan's Zafar Mahmood is expected to visit India to hold talks, said senior officials in the Ministry. of Commerce & Industry. This would also mark the occasion when the Integrated Check Post (ICP) on the Wagah-Attari border would become fully operational and trade on all items would take place. The government has invested Rs 150 crore so far to build the 120-acre sprawling ICP. Both countries are also expecting bilateral annual trade to touch double digits from $2 billion at present with the opening of this route that would be dedicated only for trade.