At least 11 Taliban militants were killed when Pakistani warplanes attacked Taliban hideouts in the northwestern Orakzai tribal region on Tuesday, said a senior regional government official.

The attack came after a local newspaper reported on Monday that Pakistan has decided to launch an offensive military attack in North Waziristan, the main sanctuary for al Qaeda and Taliban on the border with Afghanistan.

The U.S. long back demanded Pakistan to launch military operation in North Waziristan to search the Haqqani network. Haqqani is one of the dangerous Afghan militant group fighting American troops in Afghanistan.