He must help weak elected leaders amid conflict in all three Islamic nations.
One year after becoming president, the widower of Benazir Bhutto has been battered by economic crises and political missteps – despite some military successes.
To bolster tenuous progress, the Army must push on to drive the Taliban out of Swat Valley, according to some analysts.
The tenuous peace deal with the militants comes under increasing strain as Taliban take areas closer to Pakistan’s capital.
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.
Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif defied house arrest to rally protesters in Lahore Sunday.
The opposition lawyer has championed the popular protest that began Thursday. Some see a rule-of-law hero; others cite political expedience.
Authorities arrested hundreds of lawyers and activists and banned public gatherings in two provinces.