The spate of attacks by the Taliban in Pakistan is likely to factor into President Obama's ongoing review of Afghanistan policy. The attacks highlight the regional nature of the Taliban insurgency.
The Taliban attacked the Federal Investigation Agency, two police academies in Lahore, and a police station in the northwest, part of a weeklong onslaught that could strengthen military's resolve against the militants.
More than 40 people were killed in a suicide bombing Monday. It's part of a fresh Taliban bid to engage the Army on several fronts ahead of the Army's planned offensive in South Waziristan.
A suicide bomb that killed more than 40 people in a Peshawar market capped a week of provocative moves by the Taliban.
Reaction President Barack Obama's Nobel was largely negative, with fear over an expanding US presence and anger over Islamabad's military cooperation with the US along the Afghanistan border.
The Taliban could expand their influence to more Pashtun areas by merging its pan-Islamic goals with the long-suppressed dream of a Pashtun state.
In a brash response to the government's claim he was dead, Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud appeared in a video broadcast Monday.
Militants killed dozens of security officers and tribal elders and bombed a school Thursday after a drone attack struck the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan.