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.
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The tenuous peace deal with the militants comes under increasing strain as Taliban take areas closer to Pakistan’s capital.
They have taken control of Buner next door and made forays into two more districts.
They swarmed the neighboring district of Buner and secured the right to preach in mosques there.
The recently elected government took quick measures to end a paramilitary force mutiny that erupted Wednesday, though the situation remains tense.
The Awami National Party, which leads the ruling coalition in the crucial North West Frontier Province, espouses a nonviolent approach to tackling extremism.