(IRIN) – Hazrat Zaman fears for the future of his seventeen children who have been denied education for more than a year since Pakistan’s military launched an operation against militants, forcing thousands of families to flee their homes.  Operation Zarb e Azb, or Sharp and Cutting Strike, is meant to clear Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and foreign militants from North Waziristan, part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Militant groups have been based there for more than a decade, launching attacks not only across the border against coalition forces in Afghanistan, but also inside Pakistan.