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.

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.

The riddle of Urdu
Fri, Sep 18, 2015

As Pakistan implements the court order on switching to the language, has the government considered the consequences of rekindling old disputes?

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri: Neither hawk nor dove
Fri, Sep 11, 2015

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book frames the predicament of the man standing in the middle.

Rule of violence
Fri, Sep 04, 2015

The state was created to preserve the sanctity of life and property. Both attributes are exposed to elements the state can no longer control in Pakistan.

The ‘India did it’ general
Wed, Sep 02, 2015

Pakistan is still on a journey to discover itself within the paradigm of jihadi governance Hamid Gul recommended.

And the hawks have it
Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Nawaz counted on Delhi appreciating his flexibility, without looking capitulatory at home. It didn’t work.

Pakistan’s new normal
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Its Supreme Court has retreated from its insistence on ‘due process’ in a state that is no longer sovereign.

An Islamic superman
Thu, Aug 13, 2015

How the man who gained a wide following in Pakistan, predicting a ‘ghazva’ to trounce and enslave India, ended up in a Saudi prison.

Welcoming Iran to South Asia
Thu, Aug 06, 2015

Chabahar port and the gas pipeline project could lure Tehran into becoming a South Asian state for the economic good of the region.

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.