Pakistan witnessed a 44% reduction in violence-related fatalities in 2016, and a 66% drop compared to 2014, according to the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS).
A report says the Rangers are the source for a 91% decrease in targeted killings and 72% decrease in incidents of terrorism in 2016.
The heavy weapons and explosives would have facilitated terrorism against civilians, Kohat elders and residents said.
Troops have wiped out more than 60 terror groups over the past 15 years, leaving no safe havens for their supporters, security analysts say.
The Counter-Terrorism Department's new headquarters will help officers continue to crack down on militancy in the provincial capital, observers say.
US Naval forces deployed in regional waters have assisted mariners, including fishermen from Iran, on more than 30 occasions since 2012, officials say.
Rafia Qaseem Baig received a master's degree in international relations and economics, yet still wanted to risk life in service to Pakistan.
Punjab province did not report a single major terrorist act in the third quarter of 2016, but Balochistan witnessed a spike in violence.
The military site is expected to bring back tourists and confidence to a valley that suffered from years of occupation by extremists.