Pakistan is the only Muslim country with declared nuclear weapons. They are still at war with India over Kashmir: They have defiantly tested their missiles and weapons in a [cold war style] weapons race with India and are allegedly receiving help from China and North Korea[rumors?]. The country is ruled by General Parvez Mosharraf who overthrew a more or less democratically elected government but then there's always the chance that he himslef might be overthrown by --guess what, the Taliban. He might not even be overthrown, for that matter, he simply might be replaced in the coming elections.
The Taliban were originally religious students, an evolved form of Muslim seminary students; who were trained in the Islamic schools of Pakistan during the cold war; who roamed across the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan during the Soviet occupations to teach and satisfy the intellectual needs of a poor and underdeveloped nation; who took to arms [Who gave them weapons?] and fought alongside other Mujahedeen against the Soviet army; who are now back to the tribal areas of Pakistan and Waziristan [North of Afghanistan, reminds me of "The Man Who Would be King", It's time they made a "remake".]
Where did the Taliban go? Well Simple answers won't do this time, unless if one is willing to forget what Islamic Fundamentalism can bring. They simply went back to their origins, their strongholds, the seminaries in Pakistan. Last year, the elections in those regions, brought back the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, a pro-Bin Laden, anti-United States religious coalition, which vehemently opposes the invasion of Iraq, back into power after 30 years. In the newsest elections they proved to be even stronger. To most of them America has started a war against Islam and as Muslims they have to launch Jihad against Americans and believe it or not, this is what the Pakistani president said recently on Pakistani TV about his views on American war against Terrorism.
On a different note, the news of Taliban activity comes almost once every week from Pakistan and apparently, CIA's hunt for Bin Laden and Molla Omar has been mainly in the South Pakistan area, were apparently, al-Qaeda is not using the high-tech means of communications any more; They have enough manpower to use people as messengers and protection, which makes it even harder to monitor them with high-tech instruments. The attitude of Pakistani police and information agents seem to be not quite what is expected of a country which is an ally of the US in the war against Terror.
The US adminstartion might be safe ignoring Saudi Arabia [the source of the Sunni Muslim Fundamentalism, in my opinion] for a while but a nuclear Pakistan under MMA is a clear and eminent danger that threatens India, Afghanistan, Iran, occupied Iraq, Israel and Russia. And a friendly reminder to those subscribing to Zinn-Chomski rhetoric: That rhetoric ignored the Taliban situation in Afghanistan and failed after September 11, 2001. In fact that rhetoric was too late in adjusting itself to a sudden change of the world order, while the neo-conservatives were quick to ride the wild horse immediately. Unfortunately it's a wild horse.