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

Hazards of Identity

Modern societies are rejecting globalism for exclusionary categories.

The saga of Hafiz Saeed

As Pakistan initiates 23 cases against him and his aides for terrorism financing, a look at the fraught context

India-Pak, a pivotal moment

India can start negotiating to inaugurate an era of peace that may transform South Asia, with India as its central power

Pakistan’s First Lady

A recent book frames the life and legacy of Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan.

On a sticky wicket

The role of religion in Pakistan cricket is disturbing.

We Got Trumped

US president has exploited the discord between nations to his country’s advantage.

The Ally’s Nudge

Push from China could force Pakistan to operate as a normal state

It is time India and Pakistan address Kashmir, restore bilateral relations

Now is the time for PM Modi to add another “victory” to his electoral triumph: Get Pakistan to allow bilateral free trade including cross-border investment. Of course Imran Khan will have to play ball by delaying the “peace talks” on Kashmir as “normalisation” with India proceeds.

Asia Bibi’s plight retrains the spotlight on Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law

This “black law” has made hundreds rot in jail. It seeks to punish with death individuals who insult the Holy Prophet in “word gesture or innuendo” — it typically targets the minorities in Pakistan.

Pak PM admitting to his country harbouring terrorists is a significant moment

There was nothing wrong with Khan’s “confession”. That the Iranian Baloch terrorists organise themselves in Karachi’s underworld is globally known.

The Women who ruled: In patriarchal South Asia, women leaders have to act tough or risk being toppled

Why do women rulers act tough? Suvorova has this diagnosis: “The male majority considered women to be inherently apolitical, passive, easily swayed, eager for compromise, incompetent, subject to the influence of their male entourage, and in a word, marionettes controlled by puppeteers present among advisors in the party hierarchy or cabinet.”

Wisdom From The Fringe

In era of ideology and nationalism, reflections on what ails Pakistan.

Imran Khan wants peace and dialogue. Engaging Pakistan is in India’s interest

This year, for the first time, Pakistan has changed tack. It thought of normalisation of relations with India before frontloading Kashmir. There was the Kartarpur Corridor facilitating Sikhs in their devotional travels inside Pakistan.

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