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.
For reasons of geography, ethnicity, military inferiority, and ancient rivalries, they represent neither the immediate threat that is often portrayed nor the inevitable victors that the West fears.
Experts see the Islamic fighters as less of a risk than radical insiders gaining access to nuclear materials.
Media reports suggest that the Pakistani investigation has centered on the same group accused of carrying out the Mumbai attacks.