In a sign of growing militancy, threats against females are swelling in cosmopolitan Karachi.
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.
The tenuous peace deal with the militants comes under increasing strain as Taliban take areas closer to Pakistan’s capital.
In Tokyo, nearly 30 countries pledged $5.28 billion to bolster its weak economy and government.
A video of a girl being lashed 34 times for allegedly being seen with a man who was not her husband has prompted a chorus of condemnations led by President Asif Ali Zardari.
The government agreed Monday to restore deposed judges. Activists want further reforms.