Islamabad: India is ‘powerful enough’ to block an initiative at the WTO, said a Pakistani daily adding that, however, the move is ‘something of a U-turn by the neo-liberal’ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

An editorial in the News International on Monday said that during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to India on bilateral matters ‘there was slightly less cooperation’. “The US is displeased with India for blocking an initiative at the World Trade Organisation to streamline customs procedures. India has said it will only agree to the measure if it is accompanied by a parallel agreement allowing it to stockpile and subsidise grains.”

“The move is something of a U-turn by the neo-liberal Modi, who had criticised the Congress government for implementing a similar food security law, and he has obviously angered the Americans,” said the daily.  It added, “That India is powerful enough to resist such efforts should be welcomed.”

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