Khaled Ahmed

Khaled Ahmed was born in 1943 in Jallandhar during the siege of Stalingrad. He has been an opinion writer based in Pakistan for the past 40 years. Over his decades of experience, he has worked for The Pakistan Times, The Nation, The Frontier Post, The Friday Times and The Daily Times, three of which have been closed down either permanently or temporarily. He is now consulting editor at Newsweek Pakistan, based in Lahore. Ahmed graduated from Government College Lahore during the 1965 war with India with an MA (Honours) on the roll of honour, along with a diploma in German from Punjab University. In 1970, he received a diploma in Russian (Interpretation) from Moscow State University. In 2006, he wrote the book, Sectarian War: Sunni-Shia Conflict in Pakistan at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC.

A Little Bit Of Magic
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

Imran Khan is a politician with a sense of personal destiny, and a divine mission

The national interest trap
Sat, Nov 21, 2015

If the Pakistani state really cared for its people, it would put the national economy above all else

Words are bridges
Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Polymath philologist Maulvi Muhammad Husain Azad’s work shows that Sanskrit and Persian have much in common.

Welcome to Pakistan, Shah Rukh Khan
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

But there are some minor rituals of settling in that he will have to go through.

An unsolved murder mystery
Sat, Oct 31, 2015

Benazir Bhutto’s killing continues to roil Pakistan

Separate, but not different
Sat, Oct 24, 2015

While India takes stock after Dadri, Pakistan’s minorities continue to languish under the law.

They’re just like us
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Closing of the Muslim mind is a global development. Are we seeing a closing of the Indian mind, too?

Is the PPP dying?
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

August was also the month when Zardari decided to fade into the background and anointed his son Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari as the new party leader.

Who killed Murtaza Bhutto?
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

On the anniversary of his assassination, his family again asked for the truth.

Rethinking 1965
Fri, Sep 25, 2015

Awakened to internal disorder, Pakistan seems ready in 2015 to say goodbye to the revisionist nationalism of the 20th century.

The riddle of Urdu
Fri, Sep 18, 2015

As Pakistan implements the court order on switching to the language, has the government considered the consequences of rekindling old disputes?

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri: Neither hawk nor dove
Fri, Sep 11, 2015

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book frames the predicament of the man standing in the middle.

Rule of violence
Fri, Sep 04, 2015

The state was created to preserve the sanctity of life and property. Both attributes are exposed to elements the state can no longer control in Pakistan.

The ‘India did it’ general
Wed, Sep 02, 2015

Pakistan is still on a journey to discover itself within the paradigm of jihadi governance Hamid Gul recommended.

And the hawks have it
Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Nawaz counted on Delhi appreciating his flexibility, without looking capitulatory at home. It didn’t work.

Pakistan’s new normal
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Its Supreme Court has retreated from its insistence on ‘due process’ in a state that is no longer sovereign.

An Islamic superman
Thu, Aug 13, 2015

How the man who gained a wide following in Pakistan, predicting a ‘ghazva’ to trounce and enslave India, ended up in a Saudi prison.

Welcoming Iran to South Asia
Thu, Aug 06, 2015

Chabahar port and the gas pipeline project could lure Tehran into becoming a South Asian state for the economic good of the region.

Punjabi hero
Fri, Jul 31, 2015

He has been the guardian and spokesperson of Pakistan’s ideology. Can his famed flexibility now come to his nation’s rescue?

Defined by exclusion
Wed, Jul 22, 2015

Its excommunicated reveal the reality of the Pakistani state.

Why Ufa hits home
Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Pakistan and India are joined together by shared crises. Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif would rather trade than fight a war.

Two Sharifs, one strategic departure
Sat, Jul 11, 2015

Pakistan’s army chief and PM are challenging dangerous narratives that haunt and hobble the country.

Shrinking The Nation
Sat, Jul 04, 2015

From the Middle East to Malaysia, Muslim states are ‘expelling’ minority elements

Head of a gentle clan
Fri, Jun 26, 2015

A new biography recalls Eqbal Ahmad, who brought together people with a shared belief in justice and dignity.

Radioactive ablutions
Fri, Jun 19, 2015

A.Q. Khan has more to say about pre-prayer rituals of cleanliness than about science.

Nationalism over verse
Fri, Jun 12, 2015

When poems become anthems.

Making of the ransom state
Fri, Jun 05, 2015

The kidnapping of Warren Weinstein, later killed by a US drone, is part of a spreading pattern in Pakistan.

The NGOs did it
Sat, May 30, 2015

Pakistan has many theories about Sabeen Mahmud’s killing, each stemming from paranoia and evasion.

Gujarat failed to get metro service despite 13 years of Modi rule: Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda
Fri, May 22, 2015

Hooda also took a jibe at Modi's promise of bringing back black money.

An American in Mumbai
Fri, May 22, 2015

He is one of a breed of extremists with ties to the US and a conservative upbringing.

Teaching workload of faculties in engineering colleges increased by two hours a week
Thu, May 21, 2015

Speaking to The Indian Express, Commissioner(technical education) Anis Mankad said that the extra workload meant only 24 minutes every working day.

The greedy state
Sat, May 16, 2015

A recent book on the Pakistan army concludes that Pakistan will not self-correct.

Clash of civilisations?
Fri, May 08, 2015

Huntington’s ghost is bemused as Muslims clash within their own civilisation.

Woman, moment, nation
Sat, May 02, 2015

The autobiography of a midnight’s child tells the tale of growing up in and with Pakistan.

Yemen’s long shadow
Fri, Apr 24, 2015

The conflict has made Pakistan feel more divided at home.

Something is changing in Karachi
Sat, Apr 18, 2015

The city, and the party that controls it, could be on the arduous path to normalcy