Prime Minister Imran Khan will travel to the United States on Sunday hoping the arrest of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and progress in the Afghan peace talks will help secure a favourable reception.
PM Imran is expected to try to mend fences and attract much-needed investment during his meeting with US President Donald Trump, scheduled to take place on July 22, in exchange for assurances of full cooperation in ending the war in Afghanistan and fighting militant threats.
Trump, a property developer turned reality TV star, and PM Imran, World Cup-winning captain of the Pakistan cricket team, both came to office after achieving fame away from politics and the personal chemistry between the two may be decisive.
"A lot will depend on the kind of mood that President Trump and indeed Prime Minister Imran Khan find themselves in," said Farzana Sheikh, an associate fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.
"Neither of them is known to be particularly predictable."
Battling to stave off a balance of payments crisis and forced to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Pakistan is badly in need of foreign investment but security is likely to be the main focus of the visit.