Talks or what?
As the peace talks with the Taliban came to an end – an eventuality predicted by the saner elements in Pakistan– it finally dawned on the government to utilize the services of the eighth largest army in the world to deal with the militancy problem. Although there was pressure on the government to go for a military operation, it resisted and opted for a dialogue with the Taliban. However, the talks came to a standstill when a faction of the Taliban claimed that it had slaughtered the 23 FC men that terrorists had captured from a border post in 2010.
Not only did this admission lead to a sudden breakdown in talks, it also resulted in a series of surgical air operations by the Pakistan Air Force. Consequently, several militant hideouts in the mountains of North Waziristan were razed to the ground in the air strikes. Security sources also claimed that many local and foreign terrorists, including some top-ranking militant leaders, were killed in the precision attacks.