ISLAMABAD - President Asif Zardari will meet British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London on September 16 during what is ostensibly a private visit for two days, it is learnt. The meeting has assumed considerable significance amid talk of 'new security strategy' devised by the United States that envisages raids inside Pak territory to hit the alleged Taliban sanctuaries. These attacks have escalated since the advent of new democratic govt in Pakistan. Last week, the US commandos landed inside Pakistan border for the first time since the US attack on Afghanistan about seven years ago. The President is visiting London for admission of her two daughters, Bakhtawar and Asifa. The presence of parents on such occasions is given special importance in British education system. 'I have to also fill the role of a mother for my children', Zardari confided to a senior journalist. Officials here strongly repudiated as 'preposterous' media reports that Zardari has been 'summoned' by the UK govt for discussion on the strategy to halt the cross-border movement of Taliban fighters. On the contrary, the British Prime Minister conveyed his desire to avail the opportunity of presence of President Asif Zardari in London to hold important talks with him. Asif Zardari told JUI Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman that he would convey to Brown the sentiments of Pakistani people on US attacks. Asif Zardari's tepid response to volley of questions on the issue during his maiden news conference had disappointed many and received lot of flak from political leaders and analysts. The issue was debated threadbare during the briefing received by the President at the Foreign Office on Wednesday. It also figured prominently when Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani called on him the same day. The unusually strong statement issued by Kayani in the evening has set the tone for Pakistan's response to the increasing US pressure and received wide approbation across the country. He has vowed to defend country's sovereignty and territorial integrity 'at all costs'. Kayani further dispelled the widely-held impression that the US has tacit Pakistani approval to go ahead with attacks within 10 kilometers inside Pakistan territory in pursuit of high profile targets. This perception carried considerable credibility under ex-President Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf who even owned American raids like in Bajaur. Diplomatic circles here point out that British experience and deep knowledge of this region is greatly valued by the United States. Zardari would try to convince Gordon Brown of the imperative of dissuading Americans from their current disastrous approach which is generating enormous backlash in Pakistan. The popular pressure on the govt to review its cooperation with the US in war against terror is mounting immensely. Islamabad has viewed the repeated belligerent US statements against the backdrop of electoral compulsions of the US Presidential candidates on both sides of the divide. As the polls draw near, both the Republicans and the Democrats are outbidding each other in making aggressive statements on Afghanistan. Pakistani officials have welcomed the balanced approach adopted by the NATO in sharp contrast to that of US on the cross border incursions. The British stance on the issue swings in between NATO and US postures. Zardari's negotiating skills would be severely tested in his meeting with Gordon Brown to pull him away from the US position.