Perceived as ineffective and corrupt, the Afghan president faces an uphill battle to reelection.
The longtime rivals exchanged goods across the divided territory for the first time in 60 years.
It hopes a deal to ship Iranian gas to India via Pakistan can boost its energy supply, regional ties.
Pakistan weighs asking the IMF for a loan, while continuing to battle militants in Swat and Bajaur in the northwest.
The Pentagon wants to send more F-16 fighters. Critics say the jets could threaten India.
Some tribes have forced insurgents from their area, but many risks remain.
Pakistan has overtaken Iraq and Afghanistan in suicide-bomb deaths this year, its intelligence agency reports. Thursday's attack in Islamabad struck the police's antiterrorism squad.
The Justice Department says the judiciary does not have the power to release Guantánamo detainees into the US.