During their meeting this Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told US President Barack Obama, that Islamabad will take “effective action” against known terror groups including the infamous Lashkar-e-Taiba.
A joint statement after their meeting at White House was released to the press:
“The Prime Minister apprised the President about Pakistan’s resolve to take effective action against United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and its affiliates as per its international commitments and obligations under UN Security Council resolutions.”
Beside Pakistan’s move on terrorism, Sharif didn’t forget to discuss the Kashmir issue with President Obama.
Talking about the Line of Control (LoC), the joint statement said:
“The two leaders expressed concern over violence along the Line of Control, and noted their support for confidence-building measures and effective mechanisms that are acceptable to both parties.”
While the mention of Kashmir is also likely to irk India, the US maintained that it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
“The leaders emphasized the importance of a sustained and resilient dialogue process between the two neighbors aimed at resolving all outstanding territorial and other disputes, including Kashmir, through peaceful means and working together to address mutual concerns of India and Pakistan regarding terrorism.”
According to NDTV, the joint statement is being viewed as a sign of US pressuring Pakistan to crackdown on terror groups that are operating on its soil.
The list of terrorist groups includes LeT whose members and chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi have been charged with planning and executing the 26/11 attack in Mumbai.
While Pakistan has assured US that it would take action against (LeT), the country has done very little in the past with regard to the issue.
India has repeatedly protested Islamabad’s lacklustre approach to tackling terror on its soil despite enough evidence to prove that Lakhvi is responsible for 26/11 terror attack.
But assuring action on the issue, Eric Schultz, White House Deputy Press Secretary, told reporters that the United States is has made it very clear that in implementing that commitment, Pakistan must take action against all military groups without discriminating.