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Taliban

A political movement that ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. When it was in power, the Taliban was noted for brutal treatment of women and for almost entirely wiping out the cultivation of opium, which was until then one of Afghanistan's primary cash crops. It based its teachings and rule on an austere interpretation of Islam combined with Pashto tribal law. In 2001, it was overthrown by the United States and coalition forces. Since 2004, the Taliban has become a major insurgent group in Afghanistan, funded through opium trade.
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Instead of providing strategic depth in Afghanistan under a friendly Taliban government, Pakistan ended up being a frontline state of the US war against the Afghan Taliban.
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THE Taliban government is probably behind a sudden increase in Afghan opium that is making its way into Europe and Asia, a US official has said.
He was speaking yesterday on the day Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic ties with the fundamentalist Taliban government, leaving Pakistan as the only country in the world which recognises it.
THE United Arab Emirates yesterday cut diplomatic relations with the Taliban government, leaving it recognised by only two nations.
Friends like Pakistan and the Jidda-based OIC will help us in deciding who are real Ulema,'' he said, adding that the top leadership of the Taliban government is comprised of men who have graduated from religious schools and universities.
According to a senior Taliban official, the Taliban who were sent to Pakistan were Mullah Salam Hanifi and Mullah Jan Mohammed, both former ministers in the Taliban government, and Maulvi Shahabuddin Dilawar, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Since Pakistan backed the Afghans at all crucial stages and had recognised the Taliban government, it was Omar's obligation to play his role in bringing peace to the country, they argued.
The row centred on the Taliban office, which opened in Qatar on Tuesday, using the title "Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan", the formal name of the Taliban government from 1996 until they were toppled in 2001.
According to sources, the Taliban leaders who will be released include Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa, a former interior minister in the Taliban government, Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan; and former Taliban army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund.
Musharraf, while addressing Asian society forum in Texas said that if world community would recognize Taliban government, Thousands of innocent Afghans would be survived from being killed.
Troops have also provided security for hundreds of elders to attend two tribal gatherings in the local seat of Taliban government.