Sharif Assures Action Against LeT, Saeed

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Washington: After holding talks with US President Barack Obama on Thursday, Pakistan Prime Minister said that Islamabad will initiate proper action against terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hafiz Saeed, a protégé of Pakistani army.

“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,” PM Sharif said in a joint statement with President Obama after the two met at the White Office’s Oval Office.

The statement is being viewed as a sign of US pressure on Pakistan to crack down on terror groups operating on its soil.

“We welcome Pakistan’s commitment as part of the National Action Plan not to discriminate amongst terrorist groups.  We’ve been very clear with the Pakistani government that in implementing that commitment, Pakistan must take action against all military groups without discriminating,” Eric Schultz, White House Deputy Press Secretary, told reporters.

Stressing that Pakistan’s relationship with India was critical to Islamabad’s future, the US also called for “normalization of relations between the two countries” which it said was vital to the “stability in the region”.

President Obama and PM Sharif also called for a “sustained and resilient” dialogue process between India and Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir in the joint statement.

President Obama and Mr Sharif underlined that improvement in Pakistan-India bilateral relations would “greatly enhance” prospects for lasting peace, stability, and prosperity in the region, according to the statement.

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