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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.

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

The Sudeten parallel
Sat, Apr 11, 2015

How a misinterpretation of Hitler’s demand for German majority areas in Czechoslovakia influenced the Muslim League’s demand for Pakistan.

Eye on Sana’a
Fri, Apr 03, 2015

Yemen conflict is sharpening. India and Pakistan need to coordinate their response.

A story of Bhuttos, and South Asia
Sat, Mar 28, 2015

A new book recounts the turbulence in the life and times of Benazir Bhutto.

A tale from Karakalpakstan
Sat, Mar 21, 2015

What connects a desolate Central Asian region to Pakistan?

Piety wins, work ethic loses
Sat, Mar 14, 2015

Pakistan is going against the grain of the modern state that legislates on the basis of ethic

A lively, literary Lahore
Fri, Mar 06, 2015

The literary festival hosted by the city saw a coming together of creativity, eclecticism, ideas and dialogue.

The frailty of judges
Sat, Feb 28, 2015

It is increasingly difficult for Pakistan to punish those who kill for religious reasons.

Becoming what we hate
Sat, Feb 21, 2015

India’s democracy did not have Pakistan’s flaws. Why, then, would India want to imitate Pakistan?

When madrasa challenges state
Sat, Feb 14, 2015

Pakistan’s plan to tackle terrorism will fail if it refuses to bring madrasas under the scanner.

Moving on
Fri, Feb 06, 2015

A new moment may be changing Pak relationship with India, and the world.

The rise of religious rage
Sat, Jan 31, 2015

A weak state warns the world against blasphemy. It does not act against the threat to itself.

On religious conversion, a question
Sat, Jan 24, 2015

Conversions in Pakistan speak of a state in crisis, but why the rush to convert in India today?

The enemy within
Sat, Jan 17, 2015

Army chief Raheel Sharif makes a courageous diagnosis. Will the Pakistan army follow up?

Because of India
Sat, Jan 10, 2015

The army’s India policy is at the root of what ails the Pakistani state.

Everywhere the foreign hand
Sat, Jan 03, 2015

For Pakistan, India and Israel are a permanent fixture, addition of US is another mental trapeze act.

Let economists lead the way
Sat, Dec 27, 2014

It’s time to invest in free trade and cross-border movement of capital and people

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