Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that there is a need engage all the regional countries for establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan as they have the biggest stake in its stability.

"All countries have to work together to promote stability and peace in the region," Ahsan Iqbal said during an exclusive interview with the Chinese newspaper Global Times published on Friday.

"If one part of the region is insecure, it has the potential to destabilise the whole region.

"Our region paid a heavy price for terrorism after 9/11 with the US invasion in Afghanistan, and the whole region became unstable," he said.

He noted after the Pakistani government launched major operations against those who attacked the Peshawar school and the notorious Red Mosque, Pakistan has almost broken the back of the terrorist groups.

Ahsan Iqbal also called for a political solution to the situation in Afghanistan, as the US-led military solution has not worked in more than a decade.

"Afghanistan isn't more stable than before 2001. We are still facing the threat from infiltration from Afghanistan to Pakistan through the western border.

"Pakistan has suffered heavily due to terrorism, which has caused the deaths of some 70,000 people in Pakistan, and more than $100 billion in economic losses,” Ahsan Iqbal said.

Under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative, thousands of Chinese workers are living in Pakistan, said Iqbal, and labelled them as "national heroes”.

He said that Pakistan has raised the numbers of special forces to about 15,000 personnel now working full-time to provide security to CPEC projects, and to the Chinese who are working in Pakistan.