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 same introspection
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Problems within, not hostile neighbours, are being debated in India and Pakistan

Mainstreaming Terror
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

As Pakistan has discovered, the process further radicalises society, undermines state

Exit Nawaz Sharif, ad nauseam
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

A miffed army and divided party indicate that Pakistan’s three-time PM is set for a long exile.

Seedbeds of radicalism
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Religion-based education in Pakistan has made universities a fertile ground for extremists.

Like Cold War
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Pakistan is counting on China to balance India-US bonhomie. Afghanistan will likely be the theatre of engagement

Untie My Hands
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

In Pakistan, gender inequality grows as the state hurtles to a male-centric dystopia

Winning The Argument
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

As PCB chairman, Najam Sethi is making nationalists and opponents eat their words

Punishment of Ayesha Gulalai
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

On the first of August, Member National Assembly (MNA), Gulalai, accused him of sending her messages of seduction from his protected Blackberry cellphone in October 2013.

Past and Prejudice
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Pakistan has rejected rationalists like Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and its blasphemy law makes British rule seem better.

A Masjid In London
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

A spectre of fear and suspicion has settled at Finsbury Park

Game of drones
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Pakistan is being pressured by the US and getting squeezed on its eastern and western borders

After Nawaz
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

There will be a greater reliance on street power to intimidate Pakistan’s institutions

The monopoly of violence
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

Pakistan is sincerely trying to get rid of terrorism but the way of life made possible over decades by privatising war stands in the way of self-correction despite the realisation that private jihad has shifted “the monopoly of violence” from the state to the nonstate actor.

The Saga Of Raymond Davis
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The US spy was set free by Pakistan, and thereby hangs a tale

Cross-border Philanthropy
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

An Indian diplomat who offered to fund his alma mater in Lahore

Women, Interrupted
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

They have had to bear the brunt of religious zealotry in Pakistan

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.