Reportage: Pakistan I: Post 9/11
Following the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, Pakistan found itself thrust onto center stage of the new war on terror. Already host to hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing decades of conflict in neighboring Afghanistan, the military government of General Pervez Musharraf was keen to cooperate with the United States to dislodge the Taliban regime, crush Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network and to stabilize the country. However, President Musharraf had to contend with Pakistan's western provinces along the Afghan border. The deeply conservative, poor and often illiterate population vehemently support Osama bin Laden and the Taliban movement, which was born from the fundamentalist Madrasa religious schools in the tribal areas.