Prime Minister Sharif says he has local militants under control. But a suicide bomb killing 72 in Lahore, mostly women and children, suggests another story.
Suicide bombers hit Catholic and Protestant churches on Sunday, and four Shiite mosques have been attacked. Christians took to the streets Monday in an unusual display of anger.
Kashmir Solidarity Day, celebrated annually in Pakistan, allows jihadist groups to air their anger over the disputed region. Just last month, the prime minister announced a 'zero tolerance' policy for militancy.
Popular sentiment against the US and West is so strong, and hardline religious ideology so pervasive, that the Taliban attack in Peshawar may not permanently sway public opinion.
Pakistan's version of the Taliban may be seriously crippled. Key commanders have defected and created new factions, one of which claimed responsibility for last week's blast at the India-Pakistani border crossing outside Lahore that killed 60.
Cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan risks alienating his base of young, urban voters, who are increasingly disillusioned with his role in the protests rocking Islamabad.
Street protests in Islamabad haven't yet forced Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign, but they are boosting the role of the powerful Army.
The Ahmadis consider themselves Muslims, but the state disagrees. A series of attacks, including on three women and children this weekend, has the community downcast. One family quietly celebrates the end of Ramadan.
The government has been ill-prepared to help the more than half-million internal refugees fleeing a military campaign in North Waziristan. Some worry aid camps run by militants could be recruiting grounds.
The military offensive has so far relied on airstrikes against militant hideouts in Pakistan's tribal belt, leading to warnings of retaliation against foreigners in the country.
The attempted assassination of a leading journalist has provoked a furious response from Geo TV, which in turn has opened a rift in Pakistan's media and a threat to revoke its license.
As US president Barack Obama looks to mend ties with Saudi Arabia in Riyadh today, the Saudis hope to shore up regional support. Their $1.5 billion gift has raised suspicions among Pakistanis.
The first judicial council for women was started in Pakistan's Swat Valley last year. Its founder has now been invited to join a traditional, male-only grand jirga.
The Pakistan military is constructing a base in the Swat Valley to ward off threats from the Pakistan Taliban and spillover conflict from Afghanistan.
Pakistan's military has responded to Taliban attacks with air strikes in the tribal belt near the Afghan border. But it lacks a comprehensive strategy for combating the militant group.
One of Pakistan's most famous police chiefs was killed Thursday by the Pakistan Taliban. A new report says terror casualties were up 19 percent in 2013.
Angered by US drone strikes in Pakistan, politician Imran Khan has attempted to prevent truck drivers from ferrying essential supplies to and from NATO troops in Afghanistan.
Nawaz Sharif's decision to press treason charges against former President Pervez Musharraf challenges the status quo of civilian-military relations.
The view that Pakistanis are uniformly opposed to US drone strikes is being questioned by some experts, NGO workers, and locals from Pakistan's tribal belt, where most drone attacks occur.
Malala's Western connections are increasingly being viewed through a conspiratorial lens.
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