US Congress may delay FATA zones legislation till democracy is restored

November 14th, 2007 - 2:52 am ICT by admin  
US officials had earlier conveyed three possible dates to the Pakistani authorities for the passage of the legislation on ROZs, January 2007, May 2007 and October 2007, but little has been done so far in this regard, they added.

According to an official source, the Pakistan Government has almost lost hope about early approval of the legislation by the US Congress or an accord on the remaining clauses of the investment treaty.

During his visit to Pakistan last year, US President George Bush had accepted Pakistan’s proposal on ROZs and announced that the zones would be set up in the economically deprived pro-Taliban areas on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Goods produced in these zones would get duty-free access to the US market, the Dawn reported.

An official source in the Finance Ministry said that the issues were to be discussed with the US authorities during the ongoing economic dialogue in Washington.

The US Congress had called upon the Pakistan Government to hold fair and transparent elections and restore democracy and this could now be linked to the approval of the ROZs law, said a source. (ANI)

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