Some heeding the government's call to go back to their villages are encountering militants. In other areas, daily life begins to resume.
As the government prepares for a major operation in South Waziristan, it's eyeing lessons learned from previous campaigns that were cut short in the face of weak public support.
Qari Zainuddin, who had been challenging militant chief and fellow tribesman Baitullah Mehsud, was shot dead Tuesday.
The Army is preparing for a new offensive in South Waziristan. A US drone strike Thursday killed at least nine in the area.
A new militia is targeting militants in revenge for a mosque bombing Friday. Some say it could be a turning of the tide in public sentiment, driven by recent Army successes.
Some say they don't mind being uprooted for now – if the Taliban are ousted for good. The Army says it should clear militants from major towns within days, though rooting them out from rural areas may take months.
Government officials say the month-long military offensive is within days of accomplishing its goal. Next up: a second offensive in South Waziristan.
The 1.5 million displaced Pakistanis displaced are waiting in squalid camps to go home. The US offered $110 million in new aid on Tuesday.