Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

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.

This terror has a name
Thu, Dec 18, 2014

The violence of the Taliban has been internalised. Religion has been twisted beyond recognition.

War, peace, language
Sat, Dec 13, 2014

In Pakistan, there is a large difference between growing up with Urdu or with English

The illusion of spring
Sat, Dec 06, 2014

Turkey’s backsliding into religion frames the reversals in the post-Arab Spring Middle East

Darkness ahead
Wed, Nov 26, 2014

As the state’s writ weakens, blasphemy cases increase in Pakistan.

City with the ravished soul
Sat, Nov 22, 2014

A new book maps Karachi from its halcyon days to its current lawlessness.

Tyranny of piety
Sat, Nov 15, 2014

Can the Pakistan Supreme Court accept that those elected by the people cannot be dismissed from parliament for ‘impiety’?

Building roads of peace
Sat, Nov 08, 2014

Trade should be the building block of India-Pakistan relations.

An escape from ideology
Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Like Sheherzad of Arabian Nights, Intizar Husain tells stories without moral lessons

Less LoC, more FTA
Sat, Oct 25, 2014

Trade talks are crucial to normalising bilateral ties. Kashmir can wait.

Malala, despite Pakistan
Tue, Oct 14, 2014

The Nobel prize winner will find it difficult to return to the country she wants to serve

Cultivating conspiracies
Fri, Oct 10, 2014

If Pakistan is going through one of its typical convulsions, simply blame the CIA, Mossad, RAW, the US.

What the Raj can’t be blamed for
Sat, Oct 04, 2014

If India has communal riots, Pakistan is brutal to Hindus in Sindh.

Rule of charisma
Wed, Sep 24, 2014

It will be the economist, not democracy, who cuts down to size Pak’s Imran-Qadri duo.

State and utopia
Sat, Sep 20, 2014

Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri say what Pakistan has is not democracy. What they promise is utopia.

Cult versus parliament
Thu, Sep 11, 2014

So far, those who think attrition would weaken the cults if the standoff is prolonged are being proved wrong.

Rise of the mob
Thu, Sep 04, 2014

Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri lead an attack against representative democracy.

Connoisseurs of the stalemate
Wed, Aug 27, 2014

The change of mind in Pakistan via-a-vis India is real. But foreign offices of both countries remain addicted to deadlocks.

The religious scientist
Sat, Aug 23, 2014

The gap of learning between India and Pakistan is significant because it goes beyond the argument of population ratios.

And another long march
Thu, Aug 14, 2014

As Imran Khan and Tahir-ul Qadri face off with Islamabad, will the past be repeated?

Touching foot in Pakistan
Sat, Aug 09, 2014

The only way to keep writing about terror organisations — and live.

Terror connection
Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Pakistan plays a role in the story of ISIS founder Abu Musaab al Zarqawi.

If the EU could do it
Fri, Jul 25, 2014

A South Asian union based on trade could reduce the incentive for war in the region.

Harder lines in Londonistan
Sat, Jul 19, 2014

What the UK is doing to my Pakistani relatives who live there.

The absence of trust
Sat, Jul 12, 2014

How it’s taking a toll in Pakistan.

Fading of the strongman
Thu, Jul 03, 2014

Altaf Hussain is no longer the figure he was. Yet, the MQM draws support because its alternative is the Taliban.

The fading memory of amity
Fri, Jun 27, 2014

As Sikhs protest in Islamabad, Pakistan is forgetting what the past is trying to say.

In an unsettled state
Thu, Jun 19, 2014

The outcome of the Modi-Nawaz meeting was predictably seen as disastrous by the swelling pro-army tide in Pakistan.

And fishermen pay the price
Fri, Jun 13, 2014

If India and Pakistan come closer through trade and investment, the first issue they must resolve is Sir Creek.

Minority and the mob
Sat, Jun 07, 2014

Pakistan’s deathwish hatred is the Ahmadi community.

Survival of the plural
Fri, May 30, 2014

A singular identity breeds violence — look at the proud tribal Pakhtun and the adaptable, giving Punjabi.

Modi-watching in Pakistan
Thu, May 22, 2014

India’s new prime minister provokes alarm and fascination in its neighbourhood.

Two nations or more?
Wed, May 21, 2014

There is sub-nationalism in Sindh and Balochistan, where Muslim communities want out from the state of Pakistan.

The Lucknow connection
Mon, May 12, 2014

A city madrasa in India could have something to do with sharpening of Shia-Sunni tensions in Pakistan

When reality outruns strategy
Sat, May 03, 2014

Indians should stop pining for a single-minded strategic culture, look where that got Pakistan.

Afraid of free trade
Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Diplomacy in South Asia is given over to give-no-quarter bureaucrats, who cleave to a nationalism that continues to trump economics.

Voting against the Taliban
Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Free elections in Afghanistan mark the beginning of an arduous road to peace.