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Who’s The Visitor Next Door?

In visiting India, Barack Obama will leave lots of Pakistanis feeling slighted. How is Islamabad coping?

Who’s The Visitor Next Door?
Who’s The Visitor Next Door?
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For Washington, it has always been a deft tightrope walk between India and Pakistan, which in their ardour for America often resemble two spoilt children engaged in fierce competition to win their father’s affection. Perhaps it was this jealousy between Islamabad and New Delhi that prompted President Barack Hussein Obama to casually drop in at the October 23 meeting of Pakistani and American officials engaged in the third Pak-US Strategic Dialogue in Washington. Quite gratuitously, Obama declared, “I am the first US president who has visited Pakistan before taking office. Next year, I will pay an exclusive visit to Pakistan and want to invite President (Asif Ali) Zardari to visit Washington.” The American president was referring to his college days, during which he had accepted a Pakistani friend’s offer to travel in Sindh, and also to his mother’s brief stint of voluntary work in the Punjab province. He recalled those days for the participants in the strategic dialogue meeting.

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