When the Taliban movement took off in the mid 1990’s they had no support from Osama Bin Laden or his outfit al-Qaeda.
People across Pakistan have been watching images of demonstrations on the streets of Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.
<P>The use of religious language by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to condemn the killing of Salman Taseer, and those who praised the act, raises a number of interesting questions.</P>
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<P>If the world is complaining about religious extremism, they should also see what many see as the liberal extremists in Pakistan.</P>
<P>Al Jazeera correspondent recalls meeting Salman Taseer - an impressive man with a vision for his country and not afraid of a challenge.</P>
<P>T<A></A>he MQM is playing a game that is a regular feature of the country's politics. But nothing surprises anyone, anymore.</P>
<P>To Kashmiris who’ve lost their sons, daughters, fathers and brothers to an often violent - and much questioned - conflict. Their questions to their government are mostly met with silence. <BR><BR>So, when the <A href="http://english.aljazeera.tv/Services/System/?Rq=6)O7AzSe8-5HrW7D0c7-5Yhg2eoo2-5Xhnk6GWm-5YZn!aRLQ-3pra)qW" target=_self>latest WikiLeaks cables</A> revealed that Kashmiris have been routinely detained, tortured and systematically abused by Indian forces, that didn’t really surprise many here. Nor even that electric shocks, severe physical beatings and detainee’s legs were crushed by iron boards to elicit "confessions". <BR><BR></P>
<p>As the Nobel peace prize is formally awarded to jailed dissident Liu Xioabao, Chinese officials can barely bring themselves to speak his name.</p>
<p>Islamabad flexes its muscles across the border to influence decision-making in Kabul.</p>
<p>As North Korea's closest ally, you'd think China would have some leverage over its small neighbour. And, indeed, if there was any country to have any influence, it would be China. But time and again, Kim Jong-Il has shown that while China provides economic aid to his country, he's still boss and has no compunction about disregarding the Chinese.</p>