Sunday, Apr 26, 2015

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.

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

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.