This refers to Obama's declaration in joint press conference with Karzai and Zardari in White House on May 6 in which he reiterated his resolve to root out Al-Qaeda. I would like to remind President Obama that leaders of Al-Qaeda were accorded red carpet reception in White House in 1984 and 1986. Leaders of Al-Qaeda were given a state banquet in White House by then President Reagan. -BASHIR HUSSAIN AZAD, Chitral, via e-mail, May 9.