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.

Pantomime of war
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

The final at The Oval brought out the best in the defeated Indian team. Pakistan rubbed the defeat in.

When silence was golden
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Why Nawaz Sharif kept so quiet at the US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh

Our Stockholm Syndrome
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Pakistan, gripped by fear, tries to normalise blasphemy laws, anti-liberal violence

The city that wanted to know
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

Pre-1947 Lahore, rich in writers, poets and pluralism, pushed at the boundaries of knowledge

Secular retreat
Sat, May 27, 2017

A line runs through India, Pakistan and Turkey today

Migrant versus the West
Sat, May 20, 2017

Racial prejudice against Muslims is giving way to a different kind of intolerance as the crisis of capitalism spawns populism.

Sinners and criminals
Sat, May 13, 2017

The attempt to unseat Nawaz Sharif shows how Pakistan’s religious laws confuse piety with justice

A vigilante mob, a collusive state
Sat, May 06, 2017

In Pakistan, people are being killed for blasphemy; in India, for cow slaughter. Governments in both countries are allowing people to kill while getting ready to hurt each other.

A Tragic Romance
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

A new book shows how Jinnah’s broken marriage reflected the turbulent times

Three classrooms in Pakistan
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Imran Khan’s opposition to English-medium education is misguided

Preachers and polls
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

With religious groups entering the electoral fray, Pakistan’s polity is tilting sharply

Not best friends forever
Sat, Apr 08, 2017

Pakistan watches anxiously as India engages Saudi Arabia, deepens ties with Iran

In the trap of history
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s search for a new national narrative is a fraught endeavour.

Musharraf Vs Vajpayee
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

For Nawaz Sharif, one shows the way to hardening hostility, the other to fragile peace

Temptations of judicial piety
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

In Pakistan, judges are a part of the problem of religious conservatism trumping justice

Lahore Lit Fest, a rebuke from the past
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

In dysfunctional states as Pakistan, political polarisation is complicated by the difficulties of publicising facts because of a fear of being killed by terrorists or being “disappeared” by the deep state.

Officially Outlawing Love
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

The Sehwan killing by IS only reaffirmed what Pakistan formally believes in.

After Pax Americana
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

States obsessed with borders may even implode, making their people refugees

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.