Insurgents attacked three government offices in a heavily fortified area Wednesday, a day before US envoy Holbrooke's visit.
But the government also unveiled a slew of foreign links pointing to a network of "non-state actors" providing logistical support from around the globe.
The special representative launched his three-day visit in Pakistan Tuesday with an aim to 'listen and learn,' but also to urge the US ally to eliminate its militant havens.
Thirty officers were later freed. A Pentagon report is expected to urge a harder line against militants.
On Thursday he named George Mitchell as a special envoy, and he has already signaled that the US will reengage the region.
The President-elect is likely to rely on Republicans as well as Democrats to advise him and carry out policy.
Radovan Karadzic appears Friday to answer to charges of war crimes in the 1990s.