Analysts say political leaders could strengthen militants' appeal if they do not manage deep ethnic tensions – which resulted in clashes that killed 30 people last week.
Residents living between the militants and the capital worry their understaffed security forces can't defend their town.
A video of a girl being lashed 34 times for allegedly being seen with a man who was not her husband has prompted a chorus of condemnations led by President Asif Ali Zardari.
The President's plan for the increasingly troubled region is ambitious, although his goals are more limited than Bush's.
President Zardari lacked the full backing of the Army and US that his predecessor Musharraf enjoyed, Pakistani and US officials say.
The government agreed Monday to restore deposed judges. Activists want further reforms.
Militants signed a cease-fire with provincial authorities Monday after they agreed to impose sharia.
Gunmen abducted John Solecki, head of the UN refugee agency in Quetta, on his way to work Monday.
The US pursuit of Al Qaeda with airstrikes complicates Pakistan's struggle against the Taliban, who launched their largest attack in months over the weekend.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the intricacy of attacks indicate Pakistani government link.
Under Obama, the US may send 20,000 more troops and encourage talks with the Taliban in an effort to reclaim the upper hand in Afghanistan.
Army Chief Ashfaq Kayani has been curtailing the political influence of a military accustomed to running the country.
It targeted a camp of the group linked to the Mumbai attacks Sunday.
The alleged incursions into Syria, and previously into Pakistan, could be risky.
The Army has a mandate to continue its offensive in the Bajaur tribal area until it's won.
One seeks domestic security, the other stability for Afghans.
The pro-independence protests in the Muslim-majority state are threatening India-Pakistan peace talks.
Riots sparked by a controversial land-transfer deal have widened to become pro-independence rallies.
The US, India, and Afghanistan are pressuring the government to root out pro-Taliban agents.
The case against Aafia Siddiqui, who has been missing since 2003, raises questions about illegal detention centers across Pakistan.
Islamic militants claim to be targeting Indian cities to stoke communal tensions.
Parliament is expected to confirm a new prime minister on Monday, further isolating Musharraf.