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.
The Haqqani network, born of the Russian war and nurtured by the CIA, is behind many spectacular assaults in Afghanistan.
Government officials say the month-long military offensive is within days of accomplishing its goal. Next up: a second offensive in South Waziristan.
Diplomatic presence on the scale of Iraq prompts concerns in Pakistan about American meddling
Many Pakistanis have previously accused the government of provoking the Taliban. This time, residents directed their anger at both sides.
In a sign of growing militancy, threats against females are swelling in cosmopolitan Karachi.