Gunmen killed a Pakistani who worked at the Iranian consulate in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Thursday, adding to security fears in the country as it presses an offensive against the Taliban along the nearby Afghan border.

Separately, International Monetary Fund officials launched discussions with Pakistan that could lead to the release of additional loan dollars to the country, as officials cited signs of progress despite the nation’s unrest.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack in Peshawar, which comes amid tensions between Pakistan and Iran over Tehran’s allegations that Pakistani intelligence agents had a role in a deadly suicide bombing last month in Iran.

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