Some 501,000 Pakistanis have fled the fighting in Swat and nearby areas as the Army dropped commandos in by helicopter.
Residents living between the militants and the capital worry their understaffed security forces can't defend their town.
To bolster tenuous progress, the Army must push on to drive the Taliban out of Swat Valley, according to some analysts.
On Tuesday, the military also began bombing northwestern Buner District, expanding a new offensive against the Taliban.
The government deployed troops to militant-controlled Buner district Thursday amid growing foreign concern about Taliban encroachment.
The move came shortly after a Taliban group in the nearby Bajur region declared a unilateral cease-fire.
The Army launched fresh operations this week, following mounting pressure to retake the onetime tourist idyll now controlled by ultraconservative militants.
The group controls large areas in the Swat Valley and runs a parallel court system under sharia law.
Militants in Pakistan seized 13 Afghanistan-bound trucks – one carrying two Humvees – without firing a single shot.