NEW YORK - Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's visit to Washington last summer was "disastrous", according to an article published in The New York Times Saturday. The reason: his host -- President George W. Bush -- knew in advance about the surprise gift he had brought for him. The gift was that Pakistan had has sent forces into tribal areas to clean out a major madrassa where hard-line ideology and intolerance were part of the daily curriculum, David Sanger of The Times writes in his upcoming book. But what Gilani did not know was that Bush was aware of this gift. The U.S. National Security Agency had picked up intercepts indicating that a Pakistani unit warned the leadership of the school about what was coming before carrying out its raid. Washington's sanguinity, according to the book, was not increased when Gilani arrived in Washington over the summer, it said. Gilani, as the country's first civilian leader in more than a decade, was under huge pressure to show he could bring the intelligence agency, and the country, under control. He couldn't " a brief effort to force the ISI to report to the civilian leadership was quashed " but he thought he had better show up with the gift for President Bush. The New York Times article adapted from the book notes that there were roughly 25,000 such private Islamic schools around Pakistan, though only a small number of them regularly bred young terrorists. The one he decided to target was run by the Haqqani faction of Islamic militants, one of the most powerful in the tribal areas. When the "attack" on the madrassa came, the Pakistani forces grabbed a few guns and hauled away a few teenagers. Sure enough, a few days later Gilani showed up in the Oval Office and conveyed the wonderful news to Bush: the great crackdown on the madrassas had begun, the article says. The officials in the room " Bush; his national security adviser, Stephen Hadley; and others " did not want to confront Gilani with the evidence that the school had been warned. That would have required revealing sensitive intercepts, and they judged, according to participants in the discussion, that Gilani was both incapable of keeping a secret and incapable of cracking down on his military and intelligence units, it said. Indeed, Gilani may not even have been aware that his gift was a charade: Bush and Hadley may well have known more about the military's actions than the prime minister himself, the article added. The article is based on a book by Chief Washington correspondent of the New York Times David E. Sanger entitled "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and Challenges to American Power" which is being released shortly.