LAHORE, Pakistan — The spread of terrorism across Pakistan on Tuesday from its unruly tribal regions to the cultural capital of Lahore has added to pressure to rethink its U.S.-allied president's approach to countering al-Qaida and the Taliban as a new government prepares to take office.
After two deadly suicide bombings in this normally peaceful eastern city, pressure grew for more dialogue with militants and less punitive military action, which President Pervez Musharraf's opponents say has only fueled the violence.
At least 21 people were killed and more than 200 wounded Tuesday when a massive explosion ripped through a police headquarters. A second explosion 15 minutes later at a business near a house belonging to Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, killed two children and the wife of a gardener.
Musharraf quickly condemned the "savage" bombings and said in a statement the government would continue to fight terrorism "with full force."
The winners of last month's elections accused the former army strongman of destabilizing the country with military operations against militants near the Afghan border and suggested rogue forces were trying to undermine Pakistan's return to democracy.
"He has carried out indiscriminate operations in tribal areas that have opened up new fault lines in Pakistani society," said Ahsan Iqbal, a spokesman for a party set to partner with Bhutto's in the new government. "Unless he resigns, there will be a cause for all these groups to carry on these activities."