Even before Osama bin Laden's killing, the Taliban were softening their image while the US, Pakistan, and Afghanistan set the stage for talks. Now the US must decide if it's worth years of further military and diplomatic effort to hammer out an agreement.
The MQM is a kingmaker in Pakistani politics. Its withdrawal from the ruling coalition is seen by some as a move to 'quit a sinking ship early.'
The Pakistan political crisis worries the US government, which considers a strong Pakistan government key to winning its war in neighboring Afghanistan.
President Asif Ali Zardari could once again face charges of corruption after Pakistan's Supreme Court found that an amnesty deal that allowed many officials to serve in the government was unconstitutional.
Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif defied house arrest to rally protesters in Lahore Sunday.