During a recent interview, Obama had suggested that the United States should try to help resolve the Kashmir dispute so that Pakistan can focus on hunting down Islamist militants on its north-western frontier- who in turn threaten stability in Afghanistan.
Kashmir has long been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan with both countries claiming the region in full but ruling it in parts.
Pakistan and India have fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir, since they gained independence from British rule in 1947.
Until a few weeks ago the two armies had largely stuck to a ceasefire agreed in late 2003. Lately there have been several exchanges of fire across the Line of Control, the de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan.