Up the Khyber Pass – Pakistan / Drug Baron – Afghanistan / Exporting the Taliban Revolution – Afghanistan

Posted: October 18, 2011 in History, International, Region, Tajikistan
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Up the Khyber Pass – Pakistan

Drug Baron – Afghanistan

Exporting the Taliban Revolution – Afghanistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up the Khyber Pass – Pakistan

Jan 2000
Tourists are now following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and the British Raj, taking a trip along the legendary Khyber pass .

Today, the human cargo are tourists, out to experience one of the world’s best railway journeys. Surrounded by the mountain shadows, the railway cuts through amazing rocky inclines. The pass still looks like and indeed is a wild frontier, existing largely beyond the laws of Pakistan. When the train is not running, an army of smugglers can be seen marching down the track carrying TVs, stereos, drugs and guns to trade in Peshawar. The Khyber Pass Steam Safari rides under the protection of local militias, out to spot passing Pashtun tribesman and smugglers taking potshots at the train. The Pashtun who live here still live and die by their ancient code of honour. “They sacrifice their own lives for the sake of their friends. But when somebody betrays him –he is the best enemy. He will never forgive a person — he takes the revenge even after centuries,” explains a local. Towards the end of the line, in the rocks a walk from the track, lie the ornate emblems of the British regiment’s who fought up here. The Khyber Rifles are still stationed in the Pass, although today they concern themselves with dancing for tourists. Beyond the guards of the Khyber Rifles lies Afghanistan, and the end of the line. A sumptious report offering spectacular scenery and rich history.

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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Drug Baron – Afghanistan

-Drug Smuggling across borders from Afghanistan

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Exporting the Taliban Revolution – Afghanistan

Oct 1998
Exploring the complex web of relations between the Taliban, Iran, Pakistan and fundamentalist Islamic groups. The story makes it clear that the Taliban have now turned their attention to Iran and have been fermenting trouble there. The Taliban take us to see Iranian hostages. Caught by the mujahadeen these diplomats were sold to the Taliban. They’re booty in the intensifying struggle between the two great houses of Islam. Afghanistan is Sunni – Iran, Shia. Taliban members tell us of their intent to take the Taliban’s revolution on to Iran. Mohiuddin is a militant member of Iran’s Sunni minority. They are guests of the Taliban and have previously operated here in secret. But here they make an explosive announcement: the launch of their own Taliban-style revolution on Iranian soil. And if nations start aligning, Pakistan would be right by the Taliban’s side. Pakistan’s creation of the Taliban is again strongly depicted through the Taliban Madrassas or schools, which are based in Pakistan. Filming in a key religious school near Peshawar, we find Sami-ul-Haq preaching to 2,500 students from all over the Arab world. A man who is one of the Taliban’s ideological founding fathers, provides them with a new generation of recruits. Sami-ul-Haq is an ex Pakistani senator and his schools have trained many of the Taliban’s central committee members. He tells us; “We now have Taliban from Arab countries, the Far East – Thailand etc. Central Asia also, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan – They are also seeking Islam.” Anti-western students throw insults at the camera. Meanwhile in bullet-ridden Kandahar we capture the militant Islamic state in action. At a public execution crowds gather to see 3 men convicted of murder gunned down by their victim’s relatives.

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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