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.

As Al Qaeda slips and ISIS gains, Pakistan will be the test-tube for the next jihad
Sat, May 28, 2016

Strangely, Pakistan is not into navel-gazing after the latest death

A Life Of Poetry & Adventure
Sat, May 21, 2016

Alys Faiz’s memoir recounts a life less ordinary

Speaking up, saying it out loud
Fri, May 13, 2016

Pakistani newspapers begin to talk honestly about Hafiz Saeed and his operations

Extremism of the tribe
Sat, May 07, 2016

Ibn Khaldun thought the tribals were bound together by their “asabiya” (group feeling) and were united in making war on the “soft” city.

Mistelling The Story
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

Why a book on India is seen to be unbuyable in Islamabad.

The Extremist Consensus
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

If Pakistan is waking up to its perils, now is the time to reach out to neighbours

Past imperfect
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

The project of Islamisation is a kind of planned ‘retribalisation’ of the state.

The myth of a fixed national interest
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

Pakistan has long suffered from this delusion which keeps the state from serving its citizens

Madrasa muscle
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

Jihad has made the Pakistan state powerless before the monster it has created.

How free is ‘Azad Kashmir’?
Sat, Mar 26, 2016

India and Pakistan provincialised their Kashmirs without consulting the people who live there.

Pakistan’s ransom market
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

Kidnapping has spread in Pakistan as a means of filling up the war-chest of terror; and everybody, including those who are supposed to prevent it, is getting fat on it.

Killing Karachi
Sat, Mar 12, 2016

The rivalry between PPP, MQM and militants is destroying Pakistan’s most important city.

A Tagore in Lahore
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

Sharmila Tagore stole the show amid deliberations on Pakistan’s quest for a coherent national identity

The false binary
Sat, Feb 27, 2016

Why the world doesn’t buy Pakistani claims of India-sponsored terrorism

The Kuwait model
Sat, Feb 20, 2016

Despite growing Sunni resentment, the country is still a role model for integrating the Shia population.

Islamic State comes to Pakistan
Sat, Feb 13, 2016

It’s here that the IS hopes to set up its sub-HQ, with help from powerful madrasas and clerics

It Made China See Red
Sat, Feb 06, 2016

Islamabad’s Lal Masjid remains a symbol of a difficult transition.

In Pakistan, like Saudi Arabia
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

The Council of Islamic Ideology symbolises a contagion of pious madness

Pakistan’s 9/11
Sat, Jan 23, 2016

Peshawar school attack changed the country. The onus of reform is on Islamabad

The multiple identities of Adnan Sami
Fri, Jan 15, 2016

He entertained India for 15 years, none of it rejected by his Pakistani fans, and became a Bollywood success like many Muslim stars there.

Syed Babar Ali: A non-confrontational winner
Sat, Jan 09, 2016

Syed Babar Ali is a self-effacing empire-builder

Common cause in Kabul
Sat, Jan 02, 2016

Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif should agree on a joint Afghanistan policy

In the line of fire
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

In Pakistan, being a liberal means going against the ideology of the state.

1962, the riddle
Sat, Dec 19, 2015

Hopefully, in 2016, India-Pakistan will break some of the shackles of the past

Piety and embezzlement
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

In Pakistan, ‘double Shahs’ profit from religious Muslims’ alienation from modern banking.

The curse of the law
Sat, Dec 05, 2015

Victims of Pakistan’s blasphemy law are mostly the poor and the helpless

A Little Bit Of Magic
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

Imran Khan is a politician with a sense of personal destiny, and a divine mission

The national interest trap
Sat, Nov 21, 2015

If the Pakistani state really cared for its people, it would put the national economy above all else

Words are bridges
Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Polymath philologist Maulvi Muhammad Husain Azad’s work shows that Sanskrit and Persian have much in common.

Welcome to Pakistan, Shah Rukh Khan
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

But there are some minor rituals of settling in that he will have to go through.

An unsolved murder mystery
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Benazir Bhutto’s killing continues to roil Pakistan

Separate, but not different
Sat, Oct 24, 2015

While India takes stock after Dadri, Pakistan’s minorities continue to languish under the law.

They’re just like us
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Closing of the Muslim mind is a global development. Are we seeing a closing of the Indian mind, too?

Is the PPP dying?
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

August was also the month when Zardari decided to fade into the background and anointed his son Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari as the new party leader.

Who killed Murtaza Bhutto?
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

On the anniversary of his assassination, his family again asked for the truth.

Rethinking 1965
Fri, Sep 25, 2015

Awakened to internal disorder, Pakistan seems ready in 2015 to say goodbye to the revisionist nationalism of the 20th century.