Security

Only by working together can Pakistan and Afghanistan counter Iran's mounting aggression and nefarious influence in the region, officials and analysts say.

There was a 21% drop in fatalities caused by militants in 2017 as compared to the previous year, according to the Islamabad-based Centre for Research and Security Studies.

The Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) is raising the alarm against Iran's 'espionage and terror activities' in the region, particularly in regard to the development of Chabahar port.

The Sindh Home Department issued a terrorist alert for Karachi on February 23, calling on all relevant authorities to increase security measures.

Taliban militants funded and trained by Iran were ordered to attack a ceremony attended by the Pakistani PM inaugurating a key pipeline project. The militants disobeyed and surrendered.

Academic activities at the newly renamed Agriculture Services Academy in Peshawar have resumed about two months after Taliban militants took nine lives on December 1.

In a recent interview, Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the head of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, said evidence proves Moscow and Tehran are helping the Taliban.

Iran-backed proxies are luring thousands of Pakistani youth to fight in wars that serve only to undermine Pakistan's sovereignty and strengthen Tehran's sectarian goals.

'The path to regional peace and stability passes through Afghanistan,' said Pakistani Chief Of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The number of sectarian attacks decreased by 44% between 2016 and 2017 thanks to the combined efforts of security forces, civil society organisations and clerics.