A common misconception made by people living around the world is that the Pakistani leaders are slow to act and respond to political conflicts. Pakistan has often been affiliated with a sense of appeasement that has been associated with Great Britain and France and also with Germany during the Second World War. This appeasement was catastrophic for Great Britain and France during those years, and perhaps if it were true nowadays, it could have serious repercussions for Pakistan. Fear not, however, as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousuf Raza Gilani, should have silenced Pakistan's critics, with his maiden visit to Washington earlier this week. This bold move allowed Mr Gilani to shed light on the views being held by the American President George W Bush. From the meeting, the international media were able to discover that the US is quite fond of Pakistan and thinks devotedly about the country. Speaking in a press conference, Bush asserted that "he supports democracy and supports the sovereignty of Pakistan." Furthermore, in addition to this statement, the president also said, "Pakistan is a strong ally and a vibrant democracy." However this is a policy statement that will thrust a great sense of encouragement and motivation amongst many Pakistanis. The main agenda of the meeting between the two leaders was the ongoing War On Terror, with George Bush reiterating his point that Pakistan is still a pivotal country in the war against terror. This may cause a slight concern within the Pakistan government as it could be hinting towards an incursion as to more efficiently combat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda extremists. However, Prime Minister Gilani may make this just an ephemeral ideal to America, instead of a proposed reality. A strong and positive message emerging from the meeting between these two leaders is that both leaders have underlying requirements to expand good relations with each other. This should only be seen infavour of Pakistan; leaders who are looking to set the foundations with fundamental strengths, courage and commitment for a successful future and reinvigorate the ideals laid by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. On the other hand, even though the diplomatic ties between the two countries seem to he going well, yet political tension is high. The relations between the people in the tribal areas and US/NATO forces are constantly rising. A recent air strike (coming just hours before President Bush and PM Gilani met in the Oval Office) killing six people; five of them being innocent civilians is a harsh reminder of ground realities. The intended target was Abu Khabib Al-Misri, an Al-Qaeda extremist. In reaction to this catastrophic event, Bush ordered four F-16 fighter planes to be sent to Pakistan. In my opinion, such a gesture would have never taken place if the PM would not be on a visit to the US and had tried to establish good relations with the US. However, such an event should not outweigh the momentous fact that five innocent people lost their lives in an air strike fuelled by the US/NATO forces. The visit made by the Prime Minister of Pakistan cannot be a one off and it also, in a sort of paradox, cannot he made too often either. As a final word, strong efforts should be made by the Pakistani and the US leaders to deal with extremism, however, the use of force is not recommended.