For 10 years war has been waged against extremism and the Taliban, but this war didn't start with 9/11: it's been going on for 30 years. This eye-opening documentary travels inside Pakistan, one of the most dangerous countries in the world, in search of who exactly is pulling the strings and what their ambitions really are.
General Hamid Gull is the former Director General of Pakistan's intelligence agency. Pakistan's president Ali Zardari has described him as a political ideologue of terror. America has placed him on their watch list of global terrorists. He has openly spoken out in favour of the Taliban and used to meet regularly with Bin Laden; he was even their guest of honour in 2001 just before 9/11. Yet it is unclear how involved he was in the attacks or what agenda he now has for the links between Pakistan's ISI and Afghanistan's Al Qaeda.
Delving deeper this doc uncovers a web of dangerous intrigue, suspicion and secrets. A journalist is shot by the Taliban for openly critiquing the ISI's dealings and the feeling of being watched at every moment is palpable: "The ISI is spoken of here as a god: Allah is all-seeing, Allah is all-knowing". Yet, the ISI is not the only intelligence agency in Pakistan; it is also crawling with CIA, "trained to infiltrate the government of Pakistan". What is their involvement and what is the real history between General Gul and the US?
The general doesn't only have the army behind him, but also the masses. "We will defeat the Americans. And then we're going to stage a revolution against the Pakistan government." The current threat of militant islamists in Pakistan is very real. The Pakistan-Afghanistan border has been the biggest theatre of war for the last 30 years. 80% of NATO supplies pass through Pakistan and are attacked every day. In a final interview with Gul, his message becomes clear: "One day you will see. If you continue to create problems for the muslims all over the world, then obviously the conflict will grow and could escalate into a nuclear disaster."
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