It is red alert in Pakistani capital Islamabad. Key strategic installations and airports are also on red alert hours after military finally launched a full scale war against pro Taliban militants.
The army claimed to have killed over 140 militants after cordoning off their hideouts in North Waziristan, the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. The military has setup surrender centers giving last opportunity to the militants to surrender provided they renounce violence. The operation started after the Taliban attack led to the killing of 37 people at Pakistan's busiest airport in Karachi last week. Fearing collateral damages like in the past, an estimated 100,000 people from North Wazirstan have fled elsewhere in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan. Pakistan military have carried out 5 to 6 thousand small and major military operations against the Taliban after since 9/11. Thousands of innocent citizens were killed, over 4 million were displaced and more than 10 thousand went missing. And Taliban always survived. In similar army operations in the past, the militants sneaked out to Afghanistan. If it happens again, they may now reinforce Afghan Taliban to launch attacks against Afghan and NATO security forces months before the exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan.