By 2019, a total of 830km of fence is expected to be completed, sealing off the border of the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A host of former Afghan officials say Iran is deliberately stoking sectarian tensions in Afghanistan to drive up recruitment in its militias fighting in proxy wars across the region.

Dozens were killed in a suicide bombing in Orakzai, while a shooting at the Chinese consulate in Karachi left two officers and two bystanders dead.

The specialised police force will be deployed in major cities of the province to ensure that demonstrations remain peaceful, officials say.

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.