Increasingly violent crackdowns on protests, little hope for economic opportunity, and shame in the country's security forces are just a few factors dampening Iranians' mood.
The facility is being hailed by the business community, which has deemed it a positive development for the promotion of trade within the country and the region.
Contracts awarded to foreign companies, including Chinese-owned ones, previously sent little of the profits to the province or to local residents.
The Chinese projects are not benefitting local residents and are instead destroying the area's climate and traditional economy, say protesters.
Deprived of its previous sources of revenue, including oil smuggling, ISIS is struggling to find alternative means to raise money.
Prime Minister Imran Khan's Kamyab Jawan Programme is offering loans to youth seeking to start their own businesses.
The return of peace to the tribal regions means more opportunities to develop the sector, with millions of tonnes of minerals available for extraction.
Businesses, including the persimmon trade, are returning to the region, business owners say.
Pakistan will face long-term economic damage if China goes ahead with its projects, warned a US diplomat.
A revision of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement will help identify and remove hurdles that are unfavourable for current transit trade, officials and businessmen say.