The number of foreign fighters flowing into Iraq and Syria each month has declined to about 100 from a peak of about 1,500 three years ago.
Sami ul Haq was the chief of his own political faction -- Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (S) -- and led the controversial Haqqania madrassa. He was found stabbed to death in Rawalpindi.
Military efforts on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border, in combination with ongoing clashes between the two terrorist groups, have seriously weakened ISIS's ambitions in the region.
Shattered by military operations and public rejection, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan outlined a new strategy for militants that inadvertently highlights its leaders' frustrations and fears.
Iranian officials have slammed Pakistan for its alleged bad faith, saying it hasn't lived up to its promises to clean up the bordering province, which is a safe haven for terrorist groups.
The historic move has led to hopes for a new era of peace and development in the region, which was once wracked by militancy.
Iran vowed to take action after at least 11 Iranian security personnel were abducted near the border, but Pakistani officials say the incident highlights Iran's 'incompetence'.
The government has started many developmental projects in the area after years of Taliban militancy.
Determined to entangle the United States and its partners in Afghanistan, Russia and Iran have engaged in subversion, including backing the Taliban.
The Iranian IRGC has recruited more than 1,600 Pakistani Shia youth in the past six months for its Zainabiyoun Brigade to fight on behalf of Iranian interests in Syria.