For those who are contesting elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), security, and threat of attacks are prime issues.
Insider attacks, apart from weakening Nato troops, are physically shattering their resolve to fight.
Whatever option is adopted, it is going to be a prolonged operation and various factors will affect the outcome.
Questions about the inaction of the army are answered only by visiting the area.
Lately Taliban ability to use large numbers was assumed to have been weakened — Bannu has proved that wrong.
It is time to concede defeat and salvage whatever we can. Talks can then be held with real leaders of the Taliban.
It is time to evolve a policy which best serves interests of Pakistan, this should not be done by the military only.
A united stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan, failure of these talks will be a 'disaster' for Pakistan.
People are disorganised and a village of 2,000 people can become helpless in the presence of 15 well-equipped Taliban.
Pakistan has suffered due to activities in N. Waziristan, is it wise to open another front because the US wants it?