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America's tough stand against Pakistan a welcome move: Foreign Policy Experts
Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, who was on a four day bilateral visit to United States from October 20-23, 2015, has assured US President Barack Obama that his country would take action against United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and its affiliates.

Nawaz Sharif had to also assure the US President that he would not allow Pakistan's territory to be used against any other country. According to a joint statement released by the White House, during his meeting with Obama, Sharif explained in detail the actions that Pakistan is taking under the National Action Plan to ensure that the Taliban - including the Haqqani Network - cannot operate from the soil of Pakistan.

In the wake of many terror groups operating from Pakistan there is a growing concern that ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) may enter into Pakistan also and use it as their base for terror activities against other countries, especially India.

Amid this growing concern Nawaz Sharif assured Barack Obama that his government won't allow any ISIL/Da'esh footprint in Pakistan and expressed his commitment to combat the extremist ideology that propels such groups.

The US-Pak joint statement is a clear proof of the tough stand that America has taken against Pakistan for its failure to check terror groups, which are targeting India from its soil.

Dr. Parikshit Manhas, an Academician, Researcher and Foreign Policy Analyst, feels that the tough stand taken by the US against Pakistan will help in bringing peace in the region and will also help common Pakistanis, who have to deal with terrorism in their day to day lives.

"See first of all, we appreciate that US has finally started talking tough with Pakistan. Because the way the things have been developing from past some times, that one of the former ministers of Pakistan was saying that they already knew that Osama was there, but they never informed the world community. Its foreign secretary was talking about producing some small nuclear bombs also, which can be given to its neighbours. So, all these irresponsible statements that they have been giving, which is showing that Pakistan is building nuclear arsenals and all these capabilities, which are dangerous for the whole world community and the peace of the world. Because once if it goes into the hands of the terrorists, as Pakistan is not able to protect it, then what will happen. US is very well aware of all these integrities and tensions and that's why they have finally started talking tough to Pakistan. They have now said that enough is enough, now you better streamline the things in your own country, which is dangerous for its own population. And this is what India is constantly talking about in the international community and forums also that Pakistan needs to be told what needs to be done in an appropriate manner. So, finally what the Indian Government is talking about has got ears from the US community as well as the European community. These tough stands and tough talks by the US will go in a big way in bringing peace and prosperity within the region and will eventually be beneficial for the common man in Pakistan."

Acknowledging the importance of improvement in Pakistan-India bilateral relations for the sake of lasting peace, stability, and prosperity in the region, the joint statement released by the White House made it clear that India and Pakistan need to resolve all the issues including Kashmir through sustained and resilient dialogue process. With this Barack Obama ruled out any chances of US intervention on Kashmir issue.

America also expressed its concern over the instances of violence along the Line of Control. Notably Pakistani forces often violates cease fire agreement and indulge in cross border firing killing and injuring innocent Indians in Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign policy experts while downplaying the latest US stand on Kashmir said that America has always maintained that it won't interfere until and unless India and Pakistan both demand for it.

AS Dullat, former RAW chief, told that there is nothing new in how US has reacted over the Kashmir issue, because it always has stayed away from this issue.

"See the point is, our position is well known. Pakistan is supposed to go with it as they have agreed to it because Kashmir is a bilateral issue and Americans know that, and they never interfere. But they say, they will only interfere if both parties want US to interfere. And we (India) have made it clear that we don't want any outside intervention in it, 'its between you and us' and we can talk. See these things are well known and their is nothing new in this."

Salman Haider, former foreign secretary and former High Commissioner to UK, said, "Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue as it always does, there is no big surprise in that. And also the American reaction to it also did not change. So I don't see any change in either side. But the point that is also worth noting is that, America did say something on Indo-Pak relations, that India and Pakistan should strengthen their bilateral exchanges, in order to deal with outsiders questions. At this particular time, the bilateral relationship between the two countries is in doldrums and the reaction that we are getting from America and others suggest that they would favour a reactivation of bilateral exchanges."

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