Ikram Ullah Khan President Zardari is already on his way to Washington for a crucial meeting with President Obama. Both the host and the guest know the rather critical nature of the agenda awaiting them. The events in our region are moving so rapidly and in such a dramatic manner that Washington seems to have come to the conclusion that time for diplomatic courtesies and exchange of pleasantries was moving fast. Having completed 100 Days of the Obama administration, Washington has spent the last fortnight in finalising the results achieved with regard to the progress made in respect of the changes, as promised during the election campaign. The administration have worked sleepless nights to arrive at their conclusions, based on which recommendations have been made to the White House for necessary remedies without delay along with US initiatives at home and different flash points within a planned and coordinated time frame in consultation with trusted allies. The region in which Pakistan is located seems to receive the top US priority because of the prevailing political, economic, social, sectarian and security challenges, multiply by the rising tide of terrorism. The worst is that the latest events in Pakistan, have given rise to fears in the West that Pakistan's nukes may fall into the hands of the insurgents, if the present insurgency is not effectively brought under control without any further loss of time. Obama has therefore thought it fit to take the bull by the horn. In a news conference giving out the details of his administration's achievements and future plans, he assured the American people, that the US supported by its allies were resolved to end the minas of Taliban and Al-Qaeda, wherever their roots were discovered. The president pledged not to rest till this mission was accomplished. On May 1 he said: "I am gravely concerned about the situation in Pakistan, not because I think that they're immediately going to be overrun and the Taliban would take over in Pakistan. I am more concerned that the civilian government there right now is very fragile and don't seem to have the capacity to deliver basic services: schools, health care, rule of law, a judicial system that works for the majority of the people. And so as a consequence, it is very difficult for them to gain the support and the loyalty of their people. So we need to help Pakistan, help Pakistanis. And I think that there's a recognition increasingly on the part of both the civilian government there and the army that that is their biggest weakness." He further added: "You're starting to see some recognition just in the last few days that the obsession with India as the moral threat to Pakistan has been misguided, and that their biggest threat right now comes internally....We want to continue to encourage Pakistan to move in that direction...will provide them all of the cooperation that we can. We want to respect their sovereignty, but we also recognise that we have huge strategic interests....in making sure that Pakistan is stable and that you don't end up having a nuclear-armed militant state." Responding to Obama's observations quoted above PM Gilani has stated: on May 2: "Obama's statement is his personal opinion and it does not reflect the American policy." "There is no room for dictatorship in the present set-up and that the civilian government would be weak if US supports a dictator," the PM added. However Federal Minister of Information Qamar uz Zaman Kaira and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi did not comment on the president's statement. It is a strange coincident that Admiral Mullen paid rich tributes on April 30, the same day on which Obama described Pak government as "fragile", to General Kiyani, as the COAS was hailed as a hero by the Time placing the general above Obama in the list of the world's 100 most influential people. Admiral Mullen described General Kiyani "as a man with a plan, a leader who knows where he wants to go." However the story of April 30 would be incomplete without startling disclosure made by General Petraeus that the next two weeks are critical to determining whether the Pakistan government will survive, according to FOX NEWS. Therefore it would be best for the national leadership to bend all their energies to evolve a national consensus to safeguard the destiny of Pakistan, before it is too late. Time is running out, while the bells of fate are ringing louder and louder warning "who is safe if the dream of the Founder Father Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is threatened once again by the tide of time as in 1971." The writer is the president of the Pakistan National Forum