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Last month, after years of indecision, Pakistan's military launched a full-scale military operation in the North Waziristan Tribal Agency aimed at eliminating terrorist bases and ending the region's lawlessness.Of the region's foreign fighters, Uzbeks belonging to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan have recently become the most visible threat, taking responsibility for the June 8-9 attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport, in which 30 people, including all 10 of the militants, were killed.In launching the North Waziristan operation, General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's new chief of army staff, stated that his forces would draw no distinction between supposedly "good" and "bad" Taliban. The former, including the Haqqanis – named after Jalaluddin Haqqani, who led the Islamic resistance against Soviet forces in Afghanistan – had been trained and equipped by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's main security agency.The ISI countenanced this in the hope that the Pashtun group would later act as Pakistan's proxies in Afghanistan after U.S. combat troops depart at the end of 2014 .Many will head for Pakistan's large cities, particularly Karachi.The first wave, of around 2 million people, arrived in Karachi when 8 million Muslims fled India for Pakistan.
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