After weeks of fighting between the Pakistan Army and militants, the declaration of a month-long cease-fire may give the Taliban time to regroup.
Government strategy has been ineffective, and officials are preoccupied with bid to oust Musharraf.
The ruling coalition has vowed to move forward with an impeachment process against the president. Even some of the unpopular leader's allies are urging him to quit.
There appears to be little consensus over meeting multifaceted challenges that are driven by varying agendas.
Wednesday, a US airstrike killed 11 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border.