US President Obama will begin his visit to India next week. Few hours before Clintons arrival in March 20, 2000, a number of Kashmiris were gunned down by unidentified gunmen thought to be belonging to Indian Army. Some media reports also claimed that they had raised Hindu slogans after the massacre. Early that month, Clinton had described Kashmir as the most dangerous place on Earth, in the context of the long-standing dispute of the two nuclear-armed neighbors over Kashmir. The unrest in Indian held Kashmir in which 111 people have been killed over the past four months is one of Pakistans top concerns. The Pakistani leadership, with a belief that the Americans could facilitate talks on Kashmir, has desired that Mr. Obama speak about the human rights violations in Kashmir during his stay in India. The Wall Street Journal reported that If the topic does come up, Mr Obama will likely follow the same tack taken by his advisers earlier this week in a briefing with reporters. When asked, will the President talk publicly or privately about Kashmir and the tensions between India and Pakistan? US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications had said, on this specific trip, again, we have a limited amount of time. We have hard dates in terms of summits that were attending in Seoul and in Japan. And we have a very robust programme in India on the front end. And so he wanted to make sure we have the proper focus on that Pakistan trip when it does take place. The US is major power and it has influence across the world. We hope President Obama during his visit to India would take up those issues, which are central to ensuring peace and stability in this region. Islamabads foreign policy gurus are sure that President Obama during his stay in India will be extremely cautious in dealing with issues concerning Pakistan - this is partially because of lessons learnt from NATO choppers aerial incursion episode and its subsequent fallout. MURAD MAQSOOD, Islamabad, November 5.