"We have been very clear with the Pakistani government that in implementing that commitment, Pakistan must take action against all militant groups without discriminating," said White House Deputy Press Secretary, Eric Schultz.
The assertion by the US came after President Barack Obama held wide-ranging talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday even as it "categorically ruled out" any kind of negotiations with Islamabad on India-type civil nuclear deal, terming the reports in American media "completely false".
In a joint statement issued by the two leaders after their talks at the White Office's Oval Office, Mr Sharif apprised President Obama about Pakistan's resolve to take "effective action" against UN-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its affiliates, as per its international commitments and obligations under UN Security Council resolutions.
"We know what is in our national interest... It's our national responsibility to take action against all elements of terrorism. This is part of our National Action Plan," the Pakistani Prime Minister told reporters when asked if he would fulfil his commitment to take action against Pakistan-based LeT.
Describing Kashmir as "a flashpoint" between India and Pakistan, Mr Sharif said there is a need for a third party mediation to resolve the issue and end stalemate in the Indo-Pak dialogue process.
But a senior US official asserted that the best way to resolve issues is through direct dialogue between the two neighbours. "(During the meeting) we affirmed the US commitment that we would be engaged only if this is something that India and Pakistan would like. This is not any change in any policy of the United States," he said.
India has rejected any third party intervention to the Kashmir issue and has maintained that all outstanding matters in the Indo-Pak ties should be resolved bilaterally.
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