Editor’s Note: In our articles about Afghanistan, we have complained about the lack of knowledge about Afghanistan and today’s Pakistan in the American Media. It is not enough to complain. It is important to do something about it. So we begin a series on the history of the Indian Subcontinent and focus on the important figures & events that have shaped today’s environment. Today, we bring you Aurangzeb, the man who established the Talebani philosophy as his official policy.
Just about everyone who has a Television or reads an American newspaper has heard of the Taleban, the bearded Islamic fundamentalists who are fighting American troops in Afghanistan. The Taleban are routinely thought of as uneducated, ignorant people who have been influenced or brainwashed by Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.
In this conflict, Afghanistan is usually portrayed as the place of the Taleban, a place of terror while Pakistan is portrayed as a modern regime which is fighting the fundamentalists as America’s critical ally in the battle against the Taleban.
We thought about the Taleban, Pakistan and the history of the movement when read Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Tourism say publicly: