When was the last time that the tribals of FATA allowed writ of Pakistan Government in their area. It wasn't called "alaka e ghair" for no reason with every criminal running to take refuge in FATA. After 90's, the hardcore militants of Afghan war settled there and were seen as perfect reflection of muslims. Locals threw themselves at their feet and made families with them combined with the luxury of travelling across border into Afghanistan at will. FATA was a sanctuary not only for criminals but for Uzbeks, Tajiks, Chechens, etc. The Lal Masjid siege was a perfect example. A FATA of its own within Islamabad. At least infantry company level weapon was extracted from there after Ops which could fill up company's KOTE easily. Factory after factory of ammunition and IED production, tunnel after tunnel of traps and door after door was cleared in FATA. The tribals, even Levies and Khasadars tried to hide in every nook and corner when they were asked to be used as local guides to save lives of Pakistani troops. Later on TTP and other factions had plenty of scorched earth and destruction in FATA to show the tribals that this is what Pakistan Army has done to their homes. The Civilian setup and political officers failed to lay the base for new Government system in FATA and now Pakistan is back to square one, with Government thinking of another military action yet again.One point to ponder over, where are the tribals in all of this? The TTP moves in and out freely and no one in the FATA takes responsibility for giving aid, succor and the freedom to operate to these terrorists. Where is the responsibility of the tribals in all of this?
The last time the operations were conducted to pacify these areas, an understanding was left with the tribals that they would not allow the TTP to establish a beachhead again. Yet clearly, the tribals too are playing both side of the fence. On one hand they decry government inaction, yet on the other, they are clearly hosting these elements operating across the Pak-Afghan frontiers.
The fact that they are now operating in all of KP and even in ISB goes to show the presence in Afghanistan, FATA and KP in general which are their launching pads.