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.

The mind of the generals
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Does religion form the core of the Pakistani identity and is it reconcilable with democracy and its institutional forms? From Pakistan’s army, a range of responses

The undumpable Hafiz Saeed
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

In the early 2000s, Saeed was asked to temporarily stay at home by the-then ruling General Pervez Musharraf, a request Saeed didn’t like; today, Musharraf is in exile, running away from a treason trial in Pakistan.

Trade, Transit, Peace
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

Can Kashmir become the link between South and Central Asia?

The Barelvi pushback
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

In Pakistan, state empowered the seminary by hiring proxy warriors from it. Then, the un-empowered developed their own street muscle, weaponising themselves through the underworld where jihad and crime meet

The Bosnia Connection
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

A nation divided, and another seeking leadership of the supranational ummah

Om Puri achieved more for India in Pakistan than any surgical strike could
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

He was familiar, not because he was photogenic like Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, but because he was a natural actor who invited focus.

Religion and regression
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

Move to strike down Sindh’s anti-conversion law will push Pakistan further into chaos.

Corridor Of Uncertainty
Sat, Dec 31, 2016

Trade utopia of CPEC will remain incomplete if India is kept out

Honour And Horror
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

In Sindh, culturally sanctioned killings of women continue to take a tragic toll.

A posthumous honour
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

The chief reporter of a leading daily, Ansar Abbasi, reacted to the PM’s decision by asking why Salam was being honoured in Rabi-ul-Awwal, the month the Prophet PBUH was born.

A Foreign Policy More Supple
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

States have more room for manoeuvre if they keep their options open.

Exit Raheel Sharif
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

The general tried to change the army’s template — with limited success.

Cricket has the potential to normalise India-Pakistan ties
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

Foreign teams had declined to play in Pakistan after a Sri Lankan side was attacked by terrorists in Lahore in 2009.

Muslim Islamophobia
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

In Pakistan, it is hatred of an imposed order, part of the Islamisation of the state.

Will Nawaz Sharif be overthrown now?
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

On November 2, Imran Khan and his Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) will stage the final sit-in of indefinite duration in Islamabad till Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gives up and resigns.

Throwing Away Soft Power
Sat, Oct 29, 2016

India has chosen its enemy and become like it.

Symbolism of Ilyas Kashmiri
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

His career underlines there is nothing holy about jihad by state and non-state actors.

The return of Hekmatyar
Sat, Oct 15, 2016

They knew that, starting 1997, he had lived in Tehran for seven years after apologising for having kicked the pro-Iran Shia militias out of the post-withdrawal mujahideen shura of Peshawar.

Of iconoclasts, autocrats, dictators
Sat, Oct 08, 2016

Fakir Syed Aijazuddin’s memoirs speak to modern-day Pakistan.

Once we were not so bad
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

Pakistan does not know what it has lost. India doesn’t recognise where it is winning.

This bilateral madness
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Once the smoke settles down, Pakistan and India must get together and “isolate” the Kashmir issue by creating more bilateral barriers to cross-LoC interference and normalise economic relations.

Pakistan needs to cleanse itself of terror before internationalising issues with India
Sat, Sep 17, 2016

Has the Kashmir issue been “bilateralised” or is it still open to a “multilateral” solution?

A legacy of sponsored warriors
Wed, Sep 07, 2016

Pakistan has vowed to get rid of its armed militias, but they aren’t leaving quietly.

A Redefining Moment
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

After Altaf Hussain’s denunciation of Pakistan, MQM faces a crisis.

Nature of the Muslim State
Sat, Aug 27, 2016

Democracy makes Muslim states unstable because they think Islam is essentially democratic.

Not their finest hour
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

In the I-Day speeches of PMs of India and Pakistan, blame-games that paper over hard realities.

Cold War Relic
Sat, Aug 13, 2016

Pakistan’s foreign policy, founded on hostility towards India, has isolated it globally.

Clerics above law
Sat, Aug 06, 2016

Pakistani political groups patronise madrassas that participate in terror activities

India and Pakistan must recognise the role of trade in bringing them closer
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

Everybody knows in Pakistan, but will not say so, that Nawaz Sharif too thinks in the same way as Narendra Modi.

A ‘Naik’-mare in Pakistan
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Zakir Naik is ‘protected’ as an Indian citizen but he considers himself a Muslim first

Game Of Deception
Sat, Jul 16, 2016

Pakistan can’t escape self-correction or regional isolation by leaning on China

Murder In Karachi
Sat, Jul 09, 2016

Sabri’s killing gives a measure of how Pakistan has allowed the city to drift

The nation state’s fatal defect
Sat, Jul 02, 2016

Predicament of the Ahmadis in Pakistan points to the dangerous drive to ‘cleanse’ and ‘purify’

Telling Them Why
Sat, Jun 25, 2016

Pakistan can ignore questions the world is asking, but not those of its own people

Pakistan’s ‘disobedient’ women
Sat, Jun 18, 2016

Novelist Nisar Aziz Butt is one of those who challenged the ideologies invented by men

India, Pakistan continue to view the opening of trading routes as threat to their security
Sat, Jun 11, 2016

Pakistan is small and comparatively weak, so it seeks extra-regional alliances before facing up to the Indian threat