There appears to be little consensus over meeting multifaceted challenges that are driven by varying agendas.
In the 'epicenter of terrorism,' democracy will benefit from an ease in US military pressure.
Tuesday's deadly US incursion is under investigation, but it points up the contrast between the two nations' approaches to militants along the Afghanistan border.
Tehrik-e-Taliban carried out Sunday's bombing, the deadliest since the new Pakistani government took power in March. The suicide attack came two days after the militants freed the Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizuddin.
The US is increasingly out of sync with Pakistan's newly-elected government, say analysts.
A May 10 poll could underscore how unpopular the regime is, as it slowly opens to foreign aid.