US welcomes Pak’s commitment to take action against Lashkar-e-Taiba

"We welcome Pakistan's commitment as part of the National Action Plan not to commit to targeting the complete wide range of terrorist groups in its country," the official said.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: October 23, 2015 12:55 pm
Pakistan, LeT, Pakistan LeT, US Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan India, India Pakistan President Barack Obama meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The US has welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s commitment to take action against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, describing it a very significant development. “This is indeed something very new. And it is very significant that the President (Barack Obama) and the Prime Minister discussed Pakistan’s efforts to take action against LeT and its affiliates,” a senior Obama administration official told Indian reporters.

“We welcome Pakistan’s commitment as part of the National Action Plan not to commit to targeting the complete wide range of terrorist groups in its country,” the official said after the Obama-Sharif meeting at the Oval Office. In a joint statement issued thereafter Pakistan committed itself to taking action against LeT and its affiliates.

“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-Taiba and its affiliates, as per its international commitments and obligations under UN Security Council resolutions and the Financial Action Task Force,” the joint statement said.

According to officials, the issue of action against LeT was raised by none other than Obama himself who pressed Sharif to commit for taking action against this terrorist group, which among others has been responsible for the Mumbai terrorist attack.

“This is indeed something very new. We have been discussing our concerns about terrorism of the region with Pakistan, really going back before 9/11. But, certainly since the tragic attack on September 11, against the United States,” the official said.

“These discussions have continued and had counter terrorism co-operation with Pakistan over the years. But I think, we had a significant shift with Pakistan after the tragic attack against the school in Peshawar in December 2014 in which 140 people were killed.” Pakistan subsequently has established a national action plan. Under the authorities of the national action plan Pakistan is taking action against a wide range of terrorist groups inside the country.

Initially, and understandably it targeted terrorist groups that targeted the Pakistani State, the official said. “This is something new and it demonstrates a recognition by Pakistan of the threats these terrorist groups pose to Pakistan and pose to other countries in the region as well as to the United States and other peace loving countries,” said the official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity.

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  1. Madhu Bahl
    Oct 24, 2015 at 12:13 am
    What was discussed between President Obama and the Prime Minister of stan was nothing new. The litany of complaints Mr. Sharif brought with him against India was just like a broken record. Kashmir issue has been raised by the stani officials at all international forums many a times including the United Nations, but has achieved no results. The reason being that the w world has realized that stan is portraying a dual face in front of the civilized society and, hence, gives no credence to what stan is saying. stan is a known epicenter of terrorism. Anywhere and whenever there is a terrorist act, its roots are found in stan. Mr. Ben of the UN has recently told stan that the united Nations will not get involved unless both India and stan request its involvement. Every time stan requests the United States to intervene in the Kashmir issue, their request is denied. The unfortunate and strange situation is that stan does not get a hint that they are wasting time discussing a Kashmir issue. Kashmir is part of India and stan is an occupier. The world also knows why stan is keeping Kashmir issue alive. It is not what the civilian government in Islamabad wants, rather the civilian government is dancing on the tune set by the nexus of stani military/ISI. The importance of this nexus remains alive so long as the Kashmir issue remains a bone of contention between India and stan. However, this writer feels astonished that in spite of the fact that the US government knows the true color of stani establishment, they are still contemplating providing military hardware to stan. Mr. Sharif also promised to take action against the non-state actors as well as not to allow them to use stani territory for militancy against India. Time will tell if he can walk the talk. In the meantime, India needs to remain proactive.
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      kulaputra kulaputra
      Oct 24, 2015 at 5:43 am
      It will take a lot for stan to get India's trust. They have been habitually economical with truth and USA is no stranger to it
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        Ashish Pradhan
        Oct 24, 2015 at 4:12 am
        stani leaders are pathological liars. They orchastrate events through these non state actors. US knowingly ignored these facts. How much the new commitment works will be based on the actions stan take. stans issue is if they dislodge any group the cascading effect is too leathal for the state itself. Taking on LeT is like saying goid bye to Kashmir.