While the insurgents have singled out Christians, there's also a rise in attacks on all aid workers.
It hopes a deal to ship Iranian gas to India via Pakistan can boost its energy supply, regional ties.
Afghan NGOs are teaching human rights and Islamic law along with calls to end the war with a national peace jirga.
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.
Economists say that Arab states such as Saudi Arabia will feel the pinch, but a year of record oil prices provides a deep cushion.