Ikramullah Since no joint statement was issued after the oval office meeting between President Asif Zardari and President Barack Obama, we will have to rely only on the press briefing given by Ambassador Hussain Haqqani and the White House Spokesmans statement issued after the meeting. However, both need to be studied in-depth. As expected, Ambassador Haqqani has painted a rosy picture of the meeting and said: Obama was very clear in asserting that the US wants to help Pak in overcoming its difficulties and challenges and also recognised the successes that have been accomplished in fighting terrorism, building democracy and instituting economic reforms.Nobody scolded anybody, nobody raised the question of Pakistan not doing enough, nobody said anything negative about the lack of support of either country for the other. While the White House spokesman said: President Obama told the President of Pakistan that he was looking forward to visiting Pakistan later this year. The two leaders discussion focused on our shared efforts to fight terrorism and promote regional stability specifically on the importance of cooperating towards a peaceful and stable outcome in Afghanistan and that President Obama underscored the importance of the US-Pak relationship and our continued support for Pakistan. In order to get at the nature and focal point of the meeting one has to look at the diplomats assisting the two leaders. Those assisting the US President included Secretary Hillary Clinton, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Douglas Lute and White House Counter Terrorism Advisor John Brennan, while Ambassador Haqqani accompanied President Zardari for the meeting. Thus, the composition of the American team indicates the theme of the dialogue, i.e. USAs national security and foreign policy - the lynchpin of which is the war in Afghanistan. The winning of this war is crucial for the Obama administration not only for the safe and successful withdrawal of its forces, but also to show results to its people to win the next presidential elections. On the contrary, Zardari had virtually no professional assistance to match Obamas team at the meeting because, reportedly, he was on a private visit to the US. However, Obama has made it clear that the meeting could not be a substitute for formal talks between the two anti-terror partners during an official visit to Washington by President Zardari later this year. It was, therefore, a continuation of the high-level meetings between the two countries on the war in Afghanistan. It is precisely in this connection that USAs Vice President visited Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistans President, PM and COAS. The focus of the talks was the launching of military operations in North Waziristan and for the successful withdrawal of the US and NATO forces from Afghanistan. However, it is not secret that Pakistan has been resisting this pressure. Perhaps, the same issue was discussed at the latest meeting between the two Heads of State. But what was Zardaris response to Obama on the issue will not be known immediately. Moreover, it seems that because of the high degree of sensitivity of this issue President Zardari opted not to take any aids with him to the oval office. All that can be said at the moment is that Obama has offered to find some new ways to strengthen the democratic process and economic reforms in Pakistan. So let us keep our fingers crossed. The writer is the president of the Pakistan National Forum.