Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani led efforts to recruit vulnerable Shias in Pakistan and throughout the region, and used them on the battlefield in proxy wars at the behest of the Iranian regime.
Since its formation more than a decade ago, the TTP has been crumbling due to sustained military operations, the killing and capture of high-ranking leaders and internal fissures.
Members of the Afghan Taliban were among those killed in the suicide attack at a madrassa, and the bombing looks to be the result of infighting.
Terror attacks, launched by different militant, insurgent and violent sectarian groups, claimed 357 lives last year, a decline of 40% from a year earlier.
Vaccination campaigns have faced stubborn resistance with many refusing to have their children inoculated because of misinformation and conspiracy theories.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) massacre left more than 150 children and teachers dead.
The terrorist groups is falsely claiming responsibility for terrorist acts to divert attention from its defeat in the region, say analysts.
The country has seen steady progress in reducing terrorism's impact since 2013.
Raids by law enforcement officers are netting drug dealers throughout the province, say police.
Police are seeking citizens' help in locating and arresting more than 3,000 wanted fugitives.