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.

Articles By Khaled Ahmed

When Travel Closes Minds

Pakistanis are returning from abroad radicalised, not anglicised as before.

Majoritarian madness

Religiosity has gone berserk in India, Pakistan. Both countries must lower heat against minorities

No one tames Taliban

Pakistan has no influence, only cause to fear Taliban and its patron, al Qaeda

Once Pakistan’s pawn in Afghanistan, Mullah Baradar is now cast in role of interlocutor

Mullah Baradar was a Taliban leader Pakistan was keeping under lock and key as its winning pawn in the unfolding Great Game in Afghanistan.

The Persistent Ghost Of Manto

He described Partition’s ‘morning after’. Pakistan still doesn’t understand.

The looming threat

Many Pakistanis believe that return of Taliban to Afghanistan will hurt the country.

Talk, but not on Kashmir

India-Pakistan dialogue should focus, instead, on reviving trade

How judicial activism has aggravated the backlog of cases in Pakistan’s courts

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had covered himself with suo motu glory and was mentioned in the Guinness Book for initiating 6,000 cases while backlogs accumulated. He was so aggressive people thought he was “put on the job” by the army.

A Looming Crisis

He was inspired by Burhan Muzaffar Wani, commander of a Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, earlier killed by the Indian army; and he was also inspired by the “defeat” of America at the hands of the Taliban.

World Without Solutions

How Western liberalism has failed South Asia.

After US leaves Kabul

The rise of Afghan Taliban poses a threat to both India and Pakistan

A Hindu in Pakistan

Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani is a high-profile leader of the Hindus of Pakistan and is a member of the National Assembly on a seat reserved for the minorities.

Why SAARC is still relevant

SAARC holds the key to South Asia’s economic integration.

How Dhaka fell in 1971

Bangladesh’s birth owes to Pakistani policy flaws, not India’s intervention.

A shot at peace

Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Imran Khan are well-placed for transforming relations between their countries

Hindutva & India’s neighbours

After being ousted in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, many policies will come under review within the BJP, including perhaps the religious fervour frequently unleashed on the minority communities.

The Jailing of Aafiya Siddiqui

Aafiya Siddiqui's imprisonment is being used by radicals to turn Pakistani Muslims against US.

Corridor of comfort

On Kartarpur, change in Pakistan army’s thinking is guiding the PM

Taliban’s Teacher

Sami-ul-Haq was an integral part of Pakistan’s influential mullah-military alliance

Trade vs Terror

A relationship based on connectivity and free trade is the only recipe that will work in a world tired of Indo-Pakistan conflict.