Militants signed a cease-fire with provincial authorities Monday after they agreed to impose sharia.
It plans to send more troops to Afghanistan and ramp up attacks in Pakistan.
The Awami National Party, which leads the ruling coalition in the crucial North West Frontier Province, espouses a nonviolent approach to tackling extremism.
Many cite economic woes as campaigning for the Feb. 18 election picks up Friday.
Attacks aren't just a US concern, more Pakistanis say.