Among the many faults of Pakistan's counterinsurgency pattern is its neglect of the displaced caused by the recent fighting between the Pakistani armed forces and the Taliban, Samina Ahmed argues in a Global Post op-ed:
"As hundreds of thousands of displaced persons flee fighting in Swat, Buner and Dir districts in Pakistan, this single truth should drive the response by the Pakistani state and the international community. In short, how those people are treated will decide if the insurgency-hit zones are saved or lost to the Taliban.
There is urgent need for international assistance. The numbers of displaced from these three areas of Malakand division, combined with others from the Northwest Frontier Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, now total over a million. The government’s resources are severely strained. Without assistance, the Islamist groups will fill the gap, hoping to radicalize the disaffected, particularly the youth. There is some evidence this is already happening."
Sadly, the refugees could be prove to be the next radicalization vector for the Pakistani Taliban, which lacks overall support from the Pakistani people.