US President Donald Trump meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (L) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 22, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) — AFP or licensors

Imran Khan in Washington: He came, he saw, he conquered

Khan has energised Washington in ways not seen for more than a decade.

Updated Aug 16, 2019 05:19pm

What a three days it was for Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington.

He participated in multiple White House meetings, culminating in a one-on-one exchange with President Donald Trump. He hobnobbed with senior congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. He networked with corporate bigwigs. He addressed an audience at a top Washington think tank. He gave interviews to America’s largest media outlets. And, of course, he headlined a jalsa before a beyond-capacity crowd that pulsated with his every word.

If we use splashy announcements and new agreements as measures of success, then Khan’s visit was nothing to write home about. But then again, neither Washington nor Islamabad was expecting anything of substance to arise from the trip. For the Trump administration, the visit was about rewarding Pakistan for its efforts to help kick-start peace talks in Afghanistan — and conveying a message that it hopes to see an intensification of such efforts. For Khan’s government, the visit was meant to register Pakistan’s readiness to reset and broaden a once-floundering partnership.

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However, if we judge the visit by the metric of public diplomacy, and how Khan was received and perceived by his hosts, then the visit was wildly successful. And given how Pakistan’s image abroad has suffered for so long — especially in Washington — one can chalk up the great optics and good vibes to emerge from the visit as a strategic success as well.

Consider what transpired over the last few days, excluding Sunday’s Capital One Arena event — an affair that certainly amplified Khan’s ability to mobilise and galvanise and energise, but ultimately amounted to preaching to a choir comprised mostly of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf partisans and other supporters. In other words, unlike with his other Washington engagements, he didn’t need to win people over. It was a jalsa, after all.

On Monday morning, Khan met with Senator Lindsey Graham — one of Trump’s closest allies on Capitol Hill, and someone who had spoken glowingly about the premier after meeting him in Islamabad earlier this year. Graham’s reaction after meeting with Khan this time was equally effusive. “In my opinion,” Graham tweeted, “he and his government represent the best opportunity in decades to have a beneficial strategic relationship [with] the US. This will help us secure Afghanistan and the region long-term.”

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi pictured with PM Khan and President Trump. —  White House Flickr
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi pictured with PM Khan and President Trump. — White House Flickr
President Trump speaks as PM Khan looks on in the Oval Office. — AFP
President Trump speaks as PM Khan looks on in the Oval Office. — AFP

Khan then travelled to the White House. When he got out of the car to meet Trump, his body language was strong and confident — even though he initially looked a bit nervous. His White House schedule included a working lunch with Trump and several Cabinet secretaries. The most memorable moment, of course, was the extended exchange that he and Trump (who did most of the talking) had with reporters.

What made Trump’s comments so remarkable during the free-wheeling conversation with the press was that just about everything he said made Khan look good, and more broadly was music to the Pakistani government’s ears. Trump’s continuous praise for Khan and Pakistan, his surprising offer to mediate the Kashmir dispute, his dismissive comments about press freedoms — this is exactly what Islamabad wanted to hear.

Perhaps Trump’s most striking line was “Pakistan never lies.” Those three words directly contradicted a deeply entrenched narrative about Pakistan in Washington that refers to the mendacity and deception of Pakistani leaders. It was a narrative that Trump himself articulated in his infamous New Year’s Day tweet in 2018.

PM Khan and United States Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg take part in a discussion. — AFP
PM Khan and United States Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg take part in a discussion. — AFP
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with PM Khan at the residence of Pakistani Ambassador in Washington. — AP
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with PM Khan at the residence of Pakistani Ambassador in Washington. — AP

Then came Tuesday, and meetings on Capitol Hill. In Washington, where anti-Pakistan sentiment has been sharp in recent years, Congress has arguably been the epicenter of such vitriol. So Khan was not venturing into overly friendly territory. And yet, there he was, being honoured in a packed room at a reception sponsored by the Congressional Pakistan Caucus.

At the reception, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful people on Capitol Hill, spoke warmly of Pakistan. More significant, however, was the presence of Representative Brad Sherman. Sherman is often deeply critical of Pakistan; he has railed against forced disappearances and the plight of religious minorities, and he said he issued an apology to India’s ambassador in Washington after Trump’s offer to mediate the Kashmir dispute. And yet at the reception to honour Khan, Sherman urged the United States government to press Kabul “to accept the Durand Line, as the entire world recognizes that as the proper border between Afghanistan and Pakistan." Once again, sweet music to Islamabad’s ears.

Nancy Pelosi and PM Khan prepare to talk to reporters before a meeting at Capitol Hill. — AFP
Nancy Pelosi and PM Khan prepare to talk to reporters before a meeting at Capitol Hill. — AFP
Members of the US Congress present a copy of the Special Resolution introduced in the Congress to welcome PM Khan's inaugural visit to the US. — PID
Members of the US Congress present a copy of the Special Resolution introduced in the Congress to welcome PM Khan's inaugural visit to the US. — PID

In previous decades, Pakistani leaders often charmed their American hosts and won them over. Ayub Khan was frequently feted — including with a New York City ticker tape parade — in America. Richard Nixon was known to be quite fond of Yahya Khan. Benazir Bhutto was a favourite among Washington policymakers. Pervez Musharraf had many friends in this town as well; even in 2011, after his star had fallen, Musharraf attracted a huge crowd of adoring supporters to an address he gave at the Wilson Center not long after US forces apprehended Osama Bin Laden.

And yet, in the post-Musharraf era, Pakistani leaders have not received the treatment in Washington enjoyed by their more popular predecessors — until now. Indeed, say what you will about Khan, but Pakistan’s prime minister has energised the Washington officialdom in ways not seen for more than a decade.

To be sure, some caveats are in order.

First, Khan’s time in Washington was not flawless. His insistence that there are no restrictions on press freedoms in Pakistan — and more broadly his unwillingness to acknowledge the well-documented crackdowns on dissent in his country — was not a good look, to say the least.

Second, some of the warm treatment and kind words directed at Khan may have been by design: A charm offensive meant to showcase to Khan what may await Pakistan — a deeper partnership, and the broader cooperation and new forms of assistance that such a partnership entails — if Islamabad is able to make more progress on the counter-terrorism and Afghan reconciliation fronts.

It’s also important to think about historical precedent. In November 2016, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called Trump to congratulate him on his election victory. Trump responded with bizarrely lavish praise, calling Sharif a “terrific guy” with a “very good reputation” and declaring that “Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people.” Then, once he took office, he started talking tough on Pakistan, and the relationship took a big plunge.

There’s a broader point to be made here: Khan’s public diplomacy success in Washington doesn’t mean bilateral ties will magically morph from a dysfunctional relationship to a match made in heaven. There are too many fundamental tensions and policy divergences — over India, China and terrorism, just to name three — to expect US-Pakistan relations to enjoy a renaissance. Additionally, if the White House decides, several months down the road, that Pakistan isn’t making sufficient progress on the Afghanistan and counter-terrorism fronts, all bets could be off.

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Still, none of this is to take away from what Khan achieved in America. While his immediate predecessors may have had similar meetings in similar places during their Washington sojourns, Khan did it while exuding more charisma and confidence — and drawing more emphatic praise from American leaders. His celebrity status certainly helped his public relations cause. So did the fact that his visit was accompanied by surprisingly few anti-government protesters.

The bottom line? Khan’s pleasant and well-received visit offered a much-needed breath of fresh air for a relationship so often characterised by toxicity.


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Michael Kugelman is deputy director of the Asia Program and senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He can be reached at michael.kugelman@wilsoncenter.org or on Twitter @michaelkugelman


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Addendum
Jul 25, 2019 01:55pm
No comment needed.
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Muhammad Hashim
Jul 25, 2019 01:58pm
agreed with Author
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Sweets
Jul 25, 2019 01:58pm
If this keeps you happy with high inflation, more loans, high interest rates, industries closing down, no water, high unemployment, penalty to TCC etc.. I would say please carry on.World has no time for you.
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Sarangarajan AV
Jul 25, 2019 02:01pm
Great to see Imran with US President. Good luck to his missions.
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Gordon D. Walker
Jul 25, 2019 02:01pm
Please! Khan is not Julius Caesar.... Khan came; he spoke; he was respected. Good posturing on world stage and good listening. Kudos. Gordon D. Walker Canada
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Parvez
Jul 25, 2019 02:10pm
Summed up very well.
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Parvez
Jul 25, 2019 02:14pm
@Sweets, .....and do you have the courage to spell out why we are in this condition ? A country does not slide to such depths in a few months.......it takes years of loot and plunder of the exchequer coupled with bad governance. If you live in denial you of course will not admit this.
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Zakir Ali Afghani
Jul 25, 2019 02:16pm
This has ended like CPEC: All Hype, Just feel good factor, Nothing changed.
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Jawad Lahori
Jul 25, 2019 02:19pm
Capital one Arena in DC was indeed conquered by Imran Khan. It was a massive crowd.
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Moon
Jul 25, 2019 02:19pm
Very good analyze.
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Zakir Ali Afghani
Jul 25, 2019 02:27pm
Trump did not say "do more". He said that if pakistan changes its ways, we can have a great relationship
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Gaz
Jul 25, 2019 02:31pm
@Sweets, which would have happened no matter who was in charge, go ahead research article on the subject written on the day of election last year predicting this because of the mess of last government
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Khawaja
Jul 25, 2019 02:34pm
I am honored to be part of the historic visit by our prime minister to USA. My family drove about 200 miles to listen to him. The way he presented Pakistan was never ever done before. Imran Khan is the best thing ever happened to Pakistan. If there is ever a hope for better Pakistan it is now under is dynamic leadership.
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Ali Ahmed
Jul 25, 2019 02:34pm
terrific, well balanced article!
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Rehan khan
Jul 25, 2019 02:43pm
We need identity and respect at any cost.
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Abdullah
Jul 25, 2019 02:44pm
We don't have a full term served PM till now, let's see IK can fulfil that desire.
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Khuram
Jul 25, 2019 02:45pm
What has he achieved? Look at the fact sheet. There is no mention of restoring security assistance, no mention of increasing FDI, no mention of easy visa regulation and no mention of Kashmir. Not to mention that no US official came to welcome him in airport. Just giving some speech in front of some Pakistanis living there is not an achievement.
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Neutral Swiss
Jul 25, 2019 02:50pm
@Gordon D. Walker, You are right! He's not but he's more than that! Fact prevails!
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Falcon1
Jul 25, 2019 02:53pm
IK is certainly in a league of his own. For a non-traditional politician, who had no previous experience in international relations or diplomacy, he certained scored well in Washigton. Going by the number of engagements he had during his busy 3 day visit, he was well recieved by everyone in the US team and he spoke well. He conveyed Pakistan's position well and was articulate, without having to refer to notes or assistance from his ministers. A proud moment for Pakistan. Finally, someone who works and speaks for Pakistan - and not to shine his family or to enrich himself - without any benefit to the nation. Well done Captain!
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Mahesh
Jul 25, 2019 02:56pm
Imran Khan is a sportsman at heart. It gives a feeling he is true & honest with his intentions. Hope he remains in power in Pakistan for more years & succeed in bringing Pakistan on the right path (though its looks difficult from pakistan's history).
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ABCD
Jul 25, 2019 03:00pm
Trump found another like Kim Jong-un, men with whom he can talk freely and believe. Congrats to POTUS and PMPAK.
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A shah
Jul 25, 2019 03:14pm
Pakistan will dance to the time of the richest. No honour or dignity. So sweeter then honey iron brother turned sour?
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Waseem Sarwar
Jul 25, 2019 03:19pm
I am one of his biggest critics and his domestic policies are horrific so far but he commands respect due to his personal stature and he is well known everywhere. I can imagine him making an even bigger impact on his formal trip to the UK with a vibrant and well connected Pakistani community and so many British-Pakistani in government these days. Perfect time to get a good trade deal with the UK with Boris and Sajid Javid heading the new government.
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Saif Zulfiqar
Jul 25, 2019 03:20pm
Imran Khan is a honest, hardworking and educated leader of Pakistan now.
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Jul 25, 2019 03:22pm
Greatness speaks for itself and penetrates wherever it goes.
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Omar
Jul 25, 2019 03:24pm
@Sweets, and would you mind shedding more light who is actually responsible for all that mess (Khan or previous governments). Regards, Omar
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Ejaz Baig
Jul 25, 2019 03:36pm
The Great Khan all true pakistanis are proud of you. He is showing the world all his capasities and potentials to bring peace and eridicate poverty.
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Queen
Jul 25, 2019 03:37pm
Keeping in view the way our neighbor has become rattled, it can surely be said that PM Khan's visit was a tremendous success.
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Khurshid Qazi
Jul 25, 2019 03:37pm
Conquered what ???
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Sja ja
Jul 25, 2019 03:44pm
Definitely he came there to DC but there was nothing to ""conquer"" but a lot to ""concur"". Imran Khan did conquer Dr Firdaus Awaan TV bulletins headlines..
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Chinpaksaddique
Jul 25, 2019 03:45pm
Trump and especially melania are in love with PMIK. Great charmer and the best PMIK we have ever had. Salutes sir
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Shankar
Jul 25, 2019 03:52pm
Good optics. Fundamental of Pakistan vis a vie economics, politics and power structure are daunting.
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ABCD
Jul 25, 2019 04:11pm
Now, if Pakistan starts doing more, Trump policy wins and if US do more on assisting Pakistan, IK policy trumps. if both do more, both will win and on reverse both will be at loss. Time to watch where wheel moves. Luck to both.
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Nick
Jul 25, 2019 04:23pm
Wonderful Article.
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Puneet
Jul 25, 2019 04:27pm
This whole thing is a joke. IK says" Our previous governments have not been truthful with US" Trump says " Pakistan never lies" Who do we believe???
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Ayesha
Jul 25, 2019 04:28pm
Pakistan's biggest weakness .. Dependance over Super powers for its existence...
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Ranger
Jul 25, 2019 04:34pm
Good self dabba.
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Rashid
Jul 25, 2019 04:53pm
Burning Indians just study Trump's palm (Pic.3), heart line, fate line, sun line, money line and especially head line all are astonishing except love line.
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Zak
Jul 25, 2019 05:03pm
Imran khan took the bull by the horn and tamed it. Good things to come as Afghan situation will move towards resolution.
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Asima
Jul 25, 2019 05:18pm
Good engagement. US is important for us because she has always helped Pakistan. Surely for her legitimate self interests as no lunch is free in the interstate relations. Imran has only domestic agenda i.e.to purge the Pakistani system of governance from corruption and invest in people to counter extremism/ terrorism that has roots in pervasive poverty. US must not fail to comprehend ground realities and act rationally and help him.
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Qasim
Jul 25, 2019 05:29pm
Excellent DAWN.. I wish PAK FO see it like this too..
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anil kumar
Jul 25, 2019 05:29pm
It could not be better than this. Congratulations IK for excelling in the most difficult job of US tour. We are proud of you.
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Anand
Jul 25, 2019 05:31pm
Can we now smell some fresh US dollars? That was what the visit was for.
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Pakistani
Jul 25, 2019 05:35pm
As you sow, so must you reap. Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria. The best that can be said is at leas the US has been consistent in flawed policies. Afghanistan is a mess created by the US. We are not responsible for fixing it. Pakistan wants friendship with all and we has extended its hand to America. If the US does not, there is really very little Pakistan can do.
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Jamal Gota
Jul 25, 2019 05:42pm
I K's visit would garner at least $100 billion worth of investments by end of this year.
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Moin Uddin Qureshi
Jul 25, 2019 05:46pm
@Sweets, But who is responsible of all these ills stated? Is he not trying to check these? It is the first time post Musharraf era that corrupts are being made accountable.
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Salman
Jul 25, 2019 05:55pm
Hope this visit serves as an ice-breaker, which was the objective. When Trump comes to Pakistan, we should plan for more substantial wins.
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aslam khan
Jul 25, 2019 06:17pm
No 21 gun salute?
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O Hanif
Jul 25, 2019 06:28pm
Stop writing non-sense, IK is very average person with low IQ level. He can express him self which is a good quality. We all know Trump, US needs Pakistan and they are desperate, but this situation came many times in the past as well. Every time Pakistan has the opportunity they blew off that opportunity. Pakistan needs to correct it slef, world is very brutal place no one care about others. So coming to US and impressing others is not a big deal, the main issue is how to do right things back home. That is more difficult issue, his success or failure should be judged by that effort not by how happy Trump was to see IK.
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Sarmad
Jul 25, 2019 06:33pm
@Khuram, if I am not wrong, only presidents are received by state officials in USA at upon arrival. And POTUSA was there to reveive IK on his arrival at whitehouse. Trust deficit is the pervasive element in any relationship. IK visits carries the manifestation of these optics which are incumbent before anything you refered on fact sheet is taken into account.
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Ehtesham
Jul 25, 2019 06:35pm
@Parvez, agreed 100%
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Kedar
Jul 25, 2019 06:36pm
Good photo ops. But what exactly did he conquer?
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Ehtesham
Jul 25, 2019 06:37pm
@Zakir Ali Afghani, and Khan said we do not need any aid but we need mutual respect and understanding. Pervious courrpt politicans did not have mental and personal courage and cleanliness of the souls to say even that.
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Sarmad
Jul 25, 2019 06:40pm
@ABCD, Unlike PM Modi ?
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Sarmad
Jul 25, 2019 06:51pm
@Puneet, Solution is to demand (manu)script on PM Modi and POTUS meeting that POTUS referred when he proposed meditation or arbritation on IOJ&K????
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bhaRAT©
Jul 25, 2019 06:54pm
@Gordon D. Walker, This was authored by Michael Kugelman, who was actually in America, your neighbour.
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Imran
Jul 25, 2019 06:56pm
Agree
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Al
Jul 25, 2019 07:06pm
@Parvez, Perhaps @Sweets is a PPP or a PML supporter and believes that the current situation has happened in one year. True things are worse than before, prices are high and dollar is at an all time high. But we hope this present government is taking small steps towards stability which will pay dividends in the future.
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Altaf Noor Ali
Jul 25, 2019 07:26pm
The headline is a clear expression of misplaced exaggeration. I thought its about the US resuming its assistance and settling our dues of Coalition Support Fund. Nothing of that sort here! I think we are an emotional nation, reacting with euphoria to seemingly routine situations. With the unpredictable administration there, you never know what happens tomorrow.
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N Abidi
Jul 25, 2019 07:27pm
You wrote what you wanted,how is there restriction on freedom of press! Read and watch pak media 97% of the stories is about the currupt polticians ,defending them! There is boundaries in all countries!
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brr
Jul 25, 2019 07:27pm
What a Brown Nose this Kugelman is.
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Crisdann
Jul 25, 2019 07:52pm
Undoubtedly so.
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Ajay Dutt
Jul 25, 2019 07:58pm
Wow. One Super Personality Imran Khan has done what tens of thousands of Indian tech forces could not do. He came, he saw and conquered. This is what a Super Star means. He can bring Billions, Billions with B and not M, with just a handshake. He can arrange for a Pakistani man to land on Moon, unlike penny-pinching Bania Hindus Space missions. Gues what Pakistan can do with two or even three Imran.
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Ram
Jul 25, 2019 08:01pm
Ehh..don't you guys think you are getting ahead of yourselves? What did he conquer exactly? It is the same kind of mentality that has undone any good things that Pakistan wants to get done. It was an optimistic tour? Yes. But talking about conquering is rubbish. At best you had Trump's ear for 45 minutes given how he likes to applaud himself a 100 times during the interview. Imran Khan seems a sensible person better than his predecessors no doubt but he has an unenviable task of pulling Pakistan from the dodrums. This is a start at best and hopefully he will get some investments from Pakistanis abroad first and then the US.
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Imtiaz Ali Khan
Jul 25, 2019 08:16pm
@Khawaja, Thank you mera pyara bhai, you are a true Pakistani. Sorry bhai I just simply love you NICOP you are guys are so good to Pakistan and love Pakistan so much. Thank you bhai for making the trip. True love from your fellow Pakistani brother.
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Parvez Khan
Jul 25, 2019 08:18pm
Finally a Pakistani leader, who can articulate Pakistan position, communicate with world leaders and begin to lie down foundation for mutually trusted relationships. We need a charismatic leader who can take Pakistan to next level of self sufficiency, independence and respect. I hope the opposition gives him a chance for next four years to implement what he promised to do. Good luck IK.
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Md Mostafizur Rahman
Jul 25, 2019 08:24pm
very good analysis.
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Ayesha Hamid
Jul 25, 2019 08:35pm
Exaggeration and out of context praise will lead to misconceptions in pakistan and extraordinary high hopes ! We need to be cautious of our friends and our enemies and not fall in a trap ! It’s good to be optimistic but detrimental to be over enthusiastic in this time of challenges that the 80% of Pakistani people are facing on a daily basis today ! What is in it for them?
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Satya Jeet
Jul 25, 2019 08:44pm
What did Imran Khan conquer? What did he exactly get for Pakistan?
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Akber
Jul 25, 2019 08:50pm
Just wondering, conquered what ?. The exchange rate to US $ is reaching a all time high and cost of living is pushing a large majority of population below poverty line.
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Ahmed zeb
Jul 25, 2019 09:37pm
Indeed a positive and factual writeup that bodes well for the future of the PAK/US relationship !
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munsaf
Jul 25, 2019 09:46pm
@Khuram, majority see a change not our fault if you are so blinded by the previous governments that you can't see clearly.
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munsaf
Jul 25, 2019 09:49pm
@A shah , speak for yourself not me.
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munsaf
Jul 25, 2019 09:54pm
@Anand, i don't think trump wants to see anymore indians trying to get into america trump is trying to get rid of the ones that are already there.
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Zakhmi
Jul 25, 2019 10:06pm
He came, He saw, He conquered - $0.1 cents coins spread over Washington area
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Shami
Jul 25, 2019 10:35pm
@Puneet, believe in Modi!
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Lone star
Jul 25, 2019 10:36pm
Achieved what, no loans, no aid, no military gadgets for free.
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Kalees
Jul 25, 2019 10:40pm
@Mahesh, he is good at playing cricket cos all you need to do is to bite the ball and scream for lbw.. but here he is playing Politics.. Lets see what hes got to do..
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Raj
Jul 25, 2019 10:45pm
The deal would have been that Pakistan will every thing to help US in Afghan and in return US should turn blind eyes towards Pakistani's action on the eastern border. I am pretty sure this is what has been agreed between IK and Trump.
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Sohail
Jul 25, 2019 11:02pm
@Puneet, IK says" Our previous governments have not been truthful with US" Trump says " Pakistan never lies" Who do we believe??? People like u always stay in wonder and looking meanings of words. Look at the issues Taliban want to come Islamabad and meet Imran Khan.what if they agree. I tell u what will happen to investment your India made for defeating the talibans.
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s s
Jul 25, 2019 11:26pm
@Ejaz Baig, So far poverty is on the rise, economy on decline with uncontrollable inflation and more loans for future generations.On the top of this downfall of local businesses in every province plus failure to collect taxes! Consequently no job growth and only unemployment all over the country indeed.
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s s
Jul 25, 2019 11:31pm
@Gordon D. Walker, Yes arranged Jalsa on the instructions of his selectors is a world stage indeed! Let s see how many Pakistani Americans who attended him are willing to invest their money and open businesses in Pakistan in his remaining nine years!
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RAja Raman
Jul 26, 2019 12:01am
Both Trump and IK knows, first date is always memorable, especially when the expectation of one is to outplease the other. Whether this bonhomie will sustain or not, only time will tell. Another three months, it will be back to square one. Anyways Good luck.
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Bharat Dave
Jul 26, 2019 12:04am
@Altaf Noor Ali, And it applies to India also. We are also emotional nation. A small carrot is offered to us and we start believing a big achievement.
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Abdur Razzaque
Jul 26, 2019 12:27am
A great person, showed up his dedication,love and respect for his fatherland and the ultimate result is success to bring the lost prestige and dignity back for his beloved country.
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Lenny
Jul 26, 2019 12:47am
He was not even received by US .. and I wonder how this was a good sign,... cmon.. call a spade a spade
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Ahmad Rashid
Jul 26, 2019 12:51am
Balanced and bias less analysis of the IKs visit to Whitehouse.Indeed He came He saw He conquered the hearts and mind of American duo to his integrity and honesty
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Surendra Sukhtankar
Jul 26, 2019 12:56am
You must be Kidding !!!
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Rashid Khan the Afghan
Jul 26, 2019 01:07am
The Pakistani journalist put leading questions phrased ink manner that the government of Pakistan itself had scripted. And Trump fell for it hook line and sinker. as for the rest it was sycophancy at its worst. No one really took him to task eg. imprisonmet of 3 ex PMs and other opposition leaders, blacking out speeches and interviews by opposition, economic disaster, incapability to deal with matters, his belief in the supernatural and advice from shamans, etc.
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Cricket Khan
Jul 26, 2019 01:49am
@Khuram, how oblivious to the fact can cynicism be!! Bravo
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Cricket Khan
Jul 26, 2019 01:51am
@Puneet, believe Modi who asked for mediation or since he is a yogi may be meditation to save his skin
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Cricket Khan
Jul 26, 2019 01:53am
@O Hanif, is this pseudo intellectualism at its peak or am I missing something
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Fawad
Jul 26, 2019 01:54am
IK is the only leader who has the potential to bring peace in the region if other surrounding folks cooperate with him
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Cricket Khan
Jul 26, 2019 01:56am
@Akber , when was the last time was the $ taken at its actual valuation? If you can answer that then logic suggests you can also figure out where did the financial mess came from
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Cricket Khan
Jul 26, 2019 01:58am
@RAja Raman , yes that is exactly why NON NATO strategic ally means nothing. Ask us we were there in 1965 when you attacked and no one helped except the Almighty
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Zenaib
Jul 26, 2019 02:01am
@O Hanif, You certainly don't have the highest IQ around.
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Rao Amjad Ali
Jul 26, 2019 02:10am
Huge success if the trip results in restoring consumer/investor expectations, which plummeted within the first 100 days of the PTI government. When the US administration and prominent members of congress mete out, to the leader of an iffy ally, the kind of reception you have described, market expectations are likely to rise - a powerful driver of the economy.
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Adnan Bottlewala
Jul 26, 2019 02:38am
@brr, He's a white guy. With a sun-burnt nose. Just looks brown in repose.
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Adnan Bottlewala
Jul 26, 2019 02:41am
@aslam khan, Behind closed doors, IK got '21 gun' salute.
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anil kumar
Jul 26, 2019 02:54am
@Khawaja, agreed 100%
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Indie Guy
Jul 26, 2019 03:55am
This was a good ice breaker for IK and Pakistan. US desperately wants to get out of Afghanistan and is willing to mend fences to make that happen. If Pakistan let’s this opportunity pass by without tangible results on the ground, it will be no one else’s fault but their own. If US mediates on Kashmir, it does not mean India will vacate Kashmir. The only possible solution is to turn LOC into an international border between the two countries. Even the US will be happy with such a solution.
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javed
Jul 26, 2019 04:22am
@Mahesh, If Indian can come out of its quick sand after 50 years of slow growth, endemic poverty and corruption so can Pakistan. When look at Indian performance of the first fifty years it was pretty embarrassing when compared with similar economy and population such as China. So we have full faith in our new leadership and will see better Pakistan in future.
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Vijay B.
Jul 26, 2019 04:29am
"He came, he saw he conquered"? What did he conquer? And where are the spoils of this conquest that is being touted by the Pakistani people and press?. I don't see a Cleopatra in the picture anywhere either. There must be a dearth of heroes in Pakistan If an inane visit such as this one leads to the formation of a new new "imrani' cult and hero worship. What did he return to Pakistan with? "Much ado about nothing" if you ask me.
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M. Emad
Jul 26, 2019 04:33am
Donald Trump was a very imposing and dominant figure during Trump - Niazi meeting in Washington DC.
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Salvi
Jul 26, 2019 04:43am
The real powers got a 21-gun salute, and IK did not. US govt. knows who is the real power and with whom to deal with.
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Atif
Jul 26, 2019 04:50am
@Sweets, so we reckon, a year back we were all living in a eutopia...with no inflation, jobs for all, free food and healthcare..!! How incompetent of IK and his cabinet?!?
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Farhan
Jul 26, 2019 04:55am
it comes down to best of the best
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Farhan
Jul 26, 2019 04:57am
I don't believe in competition.
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Farhan
Jul 26, 2019 05:07am
No, My Kingdom
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Syed Waqar Zaidi
Jul 26, 2019 06:28am
@Sweets, Your nick name should be sour not sweet. You seems to be missing the point but anyway i don't want to waste my time with you.
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Syed Waqar Zaidi
Jul 26, 2019 06:29am
@Gordon D. Walker, Well said. I think sometimes we over state things and Khan visit is good but we are taking it to far in our imaginations.
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Ajaya Dutt
Jul 26, 2019 06:42am
@Bharat Dave, - We are all the same across the divide. Your observation and friendly acumen are highly appreciated, at least by another Indian (NRI). I and my family have a number of Pakistani origin friends. I wish it is the same back home. Well, one of these days we shall go to the root cause of narrative and address it.
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Indian
Jul 26, 2019 07:18am
Yes he came and flattered Trump for financial aid and to remove the nation from grey list. So don't say he conquered. Actually I guess the author didn't understand the actual motive of USA. Analyse the whole situation again before writing further.
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fay707
Jul 26, 2019 07:30am
Except General Bajwa got red carpet, 22 gun salute and visit to Arlington cemetery to lay wreath on fallen soldiers-a protocol reserved for a head of State. Let us not forget this temporary change of heart in Washington has lot to do with Washington's own motives than skills of our leadership. It will be a foolhardy to depend on moody Trump or transient change of heart in Washington for their own motives.
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Love
Jul 26, 2019 08:20am
How much investment did he get?
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Smart Observer
Jul 26, 2019 09:12am
@Sweets, Why are you blaming IK for his predecessors policies : corruption. IK is rectifying it.
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Asif Ali
Jul 26, 2019 10:31am
Conquered? what?
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Asif Ali
Jul 26, 2019 10:32am
Good oil massage.
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Masood
Jul 26, 2019 11:29am
No doubt!
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Shehryar
Jul 26, 2019 11:39am
@Khuram, Compare it with previous visits of pakistani PMs
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Usuk
Jul 26, 2019 11:43am
Anyone notice how none of the foreign media asked any Pak related Qs..a good 40% of time IK was left a spectator with all conversation relative to local US issues!! That shows this visit isnt of same relevance in US as being presented in Pak
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Tzaman
Jul 26, 2019 11:45am
Just the optics were superb. With appropriate sound bites. But nothing substantial in either economics or political or diplomatic.
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Anbu
Jul 26, 2019 12:15pm
Conquered? what is that he conquered? (Dont say that he conquered the hearts :-)
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Rizwan
Jul 26, 2019 12:22pm
Great coverage how much does it cost for such a front page article.
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sam
Jul 26, 2019 02:21pm
He looks like a model and handsome .. but will it bring down Pakistan pain .. unemployment, money shortage deficit, etc. That will be great.
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Mrs.khalil
Jul 26, 2019 02:31pm
Excitement and fever of USA trip is over now, Mr. Prime minister stacks of huge size problems are waiting for your attention back home, please try to do something, performance of all government departments is very poor, corruption is an open businesses, nobody feels hesitate in demanding money . At least replace those directors, CEOs and etc , working on such posts for the past so many years. If you really want new Pakistan, you have to change this bureaucratic system , designed by British
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Pritesh
Jul 26, 2019 02:37pm
Imran Khan should continue as Pakistan's PM for 10 years
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raheel
Jul 26, 2019 02:40pm
This is difference comparing an educated leader to a series of parchi readers we sadly had in the past. Kudos to Khan, you are our great PM
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helpless
Jul 26, 2019 03:16pm
@sweets - That is because of the mega corruption, loot, plunder, nepotism and wilful mismanagement and neglect. You have to understand what Imran Khan received when he assumed office, before making such irresponsible comments. Imran Khan has to take hard decisions to stop the slide or he could let is slide accumulate personal wealth and further debt to his country and keep the prices in check by sabotaging the system. He is sincerely trying to change things which have for decades rotted Pakistan's system to make strategic long term reforms. What he is doing is morally correct and will make a positive change in Pakistan's overall progress especially human development which is saddled with a corrupt mindset.
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Tumgan Dulogho
Jul 26, 2019 03:25pm
PMIK tweets..”It is in the interest of Pakistan that we do not allow any armed militias in our country. We have suffered. It has destabilised Pakistan. Even before Pulwama we had decided we’d disarm all militant groups in Pakistan. ”.. for anyone who had any doubts on who was behind pulwama!
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NEHA
Jul 26, 2019 03:54pm
Well,IK is following Modi's footsteps.Either its So called "Naya Pakistan",addressing the Pakistani Community in USA or taking about "Nationalism".And i think its a good start.I hope he completes his tenure without interruption,that will be better for both countries.
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Sushil Shankar
Jul 26, 2019 04:00pm
Long live Imran Khan!
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RAZA
Jul 26, 2019 04:55pm
@Sweets, do you really believe that Khan's brief tenure of one year has resulted in this current economic slump ? Well i refuse to believe that you are so naive to actually espouse this preposterous opinion. I am sure that you are well aware of decades of inept and myopic policies conterminously with the continuity of a sordid system festered this economic debacle. You have to appreciate his earnest efforts to upend this predatory and elitist system.
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Patriotic
Jul 26, 2019 05:07pm
Imran Khan in Washington: He came, he saw, he flopped
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KaulM
Jul 26, 2019 05:37pm
He came, he saw and he was happily surprised. The meeting with POTUS turned out to be much better than anyone had expected. To call it a conquest etc is more than an exaggeration. More than seven decades independence from white rulers, our minds are still enslaved and merely not getting sidelined or humiliated by Euro-American powers is perceived by us as a great cause for celebration. In an article in today’s Dawn Pakistani Intellectual Aasim Sajjad Akhta says that demagogues like Trump, Boris Johnson, Modi and Duterte who rule the roost in modern day nation system, are the new normal. Mr Khan joined their ranks after his recent trip to USA. A very good start but still very far from being celebrated as a conquest.
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Rahman
Jul 26, 2019 06:35pm
@Khawaja, Totally agree to this. looks honest and practical, working in the long-term interests of the country.
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watchman
Jul 26, 2019 07:04pm
@Khuram, you mean ex pakistanis . don't think they are coming back
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zia
Jul 26, 2019 07:24pm
he came, he saw and left. nothing happened
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sultan
Jul 26, 2019 07:58pm
@Gordon D. Walker, true that
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Ram
Jul 26, 2019 09:18pm
They humoured him and let him run away!
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Rakesh
Jul 26, 2019 09:37pm
Atleast press is free
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Last Word
Jul 26, 2019 10:40pm
The Trump Imran two days meeting was just a trailer, the release of the picture will take a couple of months. It is too early to rejoice as there may be a twist in the tale with a tragic ending.
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Rangarajan Raghavachari
Jul 26, 2019 11:57pm
@Jawad Lahori, What purpose does it serve ,? IK wanted a Madison square like event and preparing for one year for this .Will he show the same attention to economy ?
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Rangarajan Raghavachari
Jul 27, 2019 12:00am
@Mahesh, Chief ,! How naive can one be ,? All that glitters is not gold ! Do a deepdive on IK and read between the lines and you will get a shocker ,?
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