Asserting that the statement devotes considerable space to the issue of terrorism and that it was for the first time that LeT and Haqqani network are specifically mentioned in it, Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup said India also read the assurance about these two entities and terrorism in general offered by Pakistan.
"We hope that they deliver on these commitments," he said.
When asked about India's reaction on the US-Pakistan joint statement issued after a meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which talked about resolution of Kashmir through peaceful means, the spokesperson said, "Let me make it clear that India has always desired resolution of all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally through dialogue and peaceful means.
"It is Pakistan which has chosen terrorism as the instrument of state policy. We hope that this visit conveys a clear message to Pakistan that international community is deeply concerned about its support and sponsorship of terrorists”, he added.
The US-Pakistan joint statement which was issued yesterday during Sharif's visit to Washington 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."
Noting that two organisations are specifically mentioned -LeT and the Haqqani network- both are operating out of Pakistan and even Pakistanis do not deny it, the Spokesperson said, "In fact, this is precisely why it was a subject of discussion between Obama and Sharif.


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