Pakistan renamed the North West Frontier Province to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a nod to Pashtuns, but the minority Hazars launched deadly protests. The Taliban has sought to supplant ethnic identity with pan-Islamist philosophy.
A coordinated attack Monday on the US Consulate in Peshawar left at least six dead, including four Pakistani Taliban militants. No Americans were killed in the attack.
There were predictions in the last few months of 2009 that Pakistan's President Zardari was finished. But he has defended himself aggressively in recent days and won back some political ground.
After nearly two years of Taliban rule and a recent military offensive, hundreds of students are returning to their studies. But many schools were damaged or destroyed.
US envoy Richard Holbrooke Thursday defended the military, which has been launching 'softening up' operations in South Waziristan for more than a month.
Religious charities with extremist ties or sympathies are winning favor among displaced people for their speedy aid work.
Analysts say political leaders could strengthen militants' appeal if they do not manage deep ethnic tensions – which resulted in clashes that killed 30 people last week.
To bolster tenuous progress, the Army must push on to drive the Taliban out of Swat Valley, according to some analysts.
Readers write about the Taliban in Pakistan and what a nuclear Iran means for Israel.
The tenuous peace deal with the militants comes under increasing strain as Taliban take areas closer to Pakistan’s capital.