A Taliban delegation is in Islamabad just days after Pakistan reiterated UN sanctions against the group.
The ambassador to Kiribati was pictured walking along the backs of young men who had lain on the ground in front of him. Many see this as emblematic of 'what China does with debtors'.
The 25-year accord would put Beijing in position to provide an internationally recognised state sponsor of terrorism with military and intelligence assistance.
Pakistan could be key in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, say observers.
The Houthis' drone attack on a military airport in Saudi Arabia on June 16 is just the latest in a series of strikes on the kingdom. The rebel group has the backing of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
Veteran diplomat Mohammad Sadiq is expected to help improve Pak-Afghan relations and facilitate the Afghan peace process.
The threats come after IRGC Navy ships conducted aggressive maneuvers near US vessels last week.
The Iranian regime did not deliver accurate information to thousands of pilgrims regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus in Iran, and knowingly allowed them to return to Pakistan.
Concerns now focus on the upcoming intra-Afghan talks and keeping spoilers, in particular Iran, from undermine peace prospects.
A delegation purporting to represent Pakistan's Milli Yakjehti Council offered condolences to Tehran for the killing of commander Soleimani, a man responsible for bloodshed across the region.