The rally, which involved a 3,000km-long drive across Pakistan, was a clear message of hope and peace, participants and officials say.

The Sri Lankan team's return to Pakistan for the first time since March 2009 symbolises defiance of terrorism, observers say.

Every inch of the international border will be fenced and monitored to crack down on militancy, a Pakistani official said.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and FC Commandant Liaqat Ali Khan laud the force for its sacrifices in the war on terror.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police are ready to provide training as part of the mainstreaming of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, officials say.

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle were kidnapped by the Taliban while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012, and they appeared in a hostage video in December last year pleading for their release.

No duties or taxes are levied during the registration process, authorities confirm.

Currently commandos of the Elite Force are used only in extraordinary situations -- that is about to change.

Enhanced security measures and effective co-operation ensured a peaceful first 10 days of Muharram, despite terrorist threats, officials say.

Many Pakistani Shia pilgrims are not coming back from Iran, an intelligence report says, raising concerns they have been recruited to fight in Syria for the Zainebiyoun Brigade.