The Kremlin is backing Tehran's sectarian agenda in an attempt to claw its way back into relevancy in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond.
Pakistani security forces raided the foundation's compound twice and arrested at least four members on suspicion of links to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Tehran's ongoing recruitment of Pakistani Shia to fight in Syria.
Iranian plotters have for the second time in three months attempted to use the Taliban to attack the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline -- a project Tehran adamantly opposes.
The Pakistani army transferred security duties to the civilian government of Upper and Lower Dir districts April 11.
The flag meeting at the Torkham border crossing comes after a brief flare-up of violence earlier along the border. Such meetings will improve communication and defuse tensions, say observers.
Tribal elders and local officials quickly de-escalated the situation, saying fighting along the border benefits only terrorists.
An ongoing awareness campaign is teaching locals in Waziristan how to recognise IEDs, land mines and other explosive devices left behind by militants.
Authorities also arrested three individuals suspected of involvement in three terrorist attacks in Parachinar.
The 'security crescent' of 31 checkpoints installed between FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will ward off terror threats, officials say.
'I don't think teams have any excuses left for not coming to Pakistan anymore,' Pakistan team captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.