Thousands of tourists celebrating Eid this year flocked the Malakand Division in KP as improved security and peace have returned to the region.
Inayatullah Khan, also known as Tiger, has garnered hero status for destroying more than 4,500kg of explosives in his 19 years of service.
Skirmishes between the two rival insurgent groups continue in Afghanistan while in Pakistan authorities are on alert after ISIS declared the country a new 'province' last week.
ISIS recently has claimed a number of attacks in the country, as its propaganda efforts are focusing more and more on South Asia.
Iran's export of state-sponsored terrorism makes it an unreliable partner, say analysts.
Fighting between the two insurgent groups is literally pitting brother against brother.
The development projects are key to helping the Karachi move past the damage inflicted by militant groups in the past.
One police officer was also killed and two security personnel were wounded in the 16-hour-long operation, according to officials.
Body parts littered the scene, and injured survivors screamed for help as black smoke cloaked the market after the explosion.
The US-led coalition is conducting 'precision strike support' to help flush out the remaining militants.