Some White House officials want to embrace victors in parliament; others don't want to abandon Musharraf.
Foreign jihadists in an ungoverned tribal belt kill leaders, recruit locals.
Residents in the northwest signaled their frustration with Islamic parties' poor governance.
Pakistan's president lost his final base of support in Monday's parliamentary election.
The opposition wins by a landslide in a surprisingly smooth election, as Musharraf allies concede defeat.
In Peshawar, where frustration is high over President Musharraf's inability to stop rising insecurity, law-and-order issues could shape the outcome of Feb. 18 election.
In Punjab, which picks 148 of 272 parliamentary seats on Feb. 18, many remain undecided.
Her party is expected to do well in Feb. 18 parliamentary polls, analysts say.
Three political clans introduce the next generation of leaders.
Top critic Nawaz Sharif says President Pervez Musharraf hopes to silence the opposition ahead of Feb. 18 elections