Our illustrious new President has gift of the gab and complete command of the English language. But during his press conference with President Karzai of Afghanistan, he managed to further confuse the already confused people. They simply did not understand what was happening in our country and why Mr. Karzai was invited on the inaugural of our president? Everyone knows that he lives in isolation in his own country protected by a posse of American commandos even in his presidential palace. Mr. Karzai was ill at ease through out his unseemly appearance in Pakistan. His answers to the questions asked by the press were evasive and could only be taken with a pinch of salt. His presence also made our newly elected President a bit out of joint, his answers to the press questions being equally evasive, as he could not open up his mind in Mr. Karzai's presence. The public was hoping our President would be a little more forthcoming on numerous problems facing them. -COL (Retd) R.M. AKHTAR, Lahore, September 8.