The Pakistani Army is going through it’s worst periods as the casualty rates are increasing day by day from the ongoing skirmishes with tribals along the Afghanistan border and the unprecendented levels of resignations and suicides. Under mounting pressure from the US, Pakistan has deployed well over 100,000 soldiers in the volatile tribal areas – inhabited by fiercely independent tribes who resist outside interference in their matters – to take on the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist outfits who have created safe havens there. "These outfits were once nurtured by ISI, and now the chickens are coming home to roost. Our estimates show around 1,000 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in the fighting. Casualties in ‘Operation Al Mizan’ in north Waziristan have been particularly high," said an official. There are even reports of soldiers disobeying orders especially in the Waziristan province which is coming as a blow to image of the Army as a disciplined force.The political developments in Islamabad in the coming days will definitely be instrumental in shaping the future of the Armed forces.