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Thursday, January 23, 2020

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.

People living in Pakistan’s erstwhile ‘tribal areas’ must be heard
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

The tribal areas of the north — called “agencies” — were open to infiltration because their borders were open. The state allowed the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda to plant camps there.

The case against a Pakistan supreme court judge reveals older political faultlines
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Will Justice Isa — who has been taken off the bench — too demand some kind of reparation for the pain caused to him by the president?

First Pak, now India has failed the poet who belongs to both countries
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

India is, in fact, not offended by Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s “communalism”; it is offended by Faiz’s pluralist message in 2019.

Imran Khan makes distinction between ‘our’ wars and ‘theirs’. All have taken high toll.
Sat, Dec 28, 2019

Fighting any war in this day and age is disastrous for the state but fighting others’ wars still comes out better than fighting the “patriotic” ones.

From army chief to convict for treason — Pervez Musharraf has fallen a long way
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

Imran Khan, who had called him a traitor in 2007, is now reluctant to prosecute him, his party speaking in unison with the GHQ. The Opposition parties, their leaders facing court cases for corruption, have welcomed the verdict but are in no position to back the Supreme Court with street power.

The Uighur Connection: Why a besieged community in China evokes fear in Central Asia, Afghanistan
Sat, Dec 14, 2019

The tragic fact is that the Uighur, as a small Muslim community in China, have responded to the stimulus of al Qaeda in the region and come to Pakistan in gangs to attack the country’s “deviation” from true Islam.

For a while, it was Supreme Court vs PM in Pakistan. But in the end, court was kind to Imran Khan
Wed, Dec 04, 2019

Why did Imran Khan’s government not think of studying the law before composing the “extension” order for General Bajwa? An easy explanation is that no one in Pakistan will challenge anything thought to be ordained by the army.

Al-Baghdadi’s caliphate was the most shameful phase of Islam known to history
Sat, Nov 30, 2019

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. And Islam as a religion has taken a beating unless Muslims sit back and rethink their faith after rejecting the exegetes interpreting their faith as jihad of savage cruelty and sex orgy.

Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau has stifled decision-making
Sat, Nov 23, 2019

The draconian NAB was continued for purposes of political revenge by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Now Sharif is serving a long sentence for corruption and suffering from seemingly grave ill-health.

Kartarpur presents an opportunity for normalisation of India-Pakistan ties
Sat, Nov 16, 2019

After the exit of the US from Afghanistan, Pakistan faces uncertainty across a border it has failed to control. Is it time for an India-Pakistan “normalisation” that once looked real under Prime Minister Vajpayee?

Fazlur Rehman’s movement seems impressive, but only on the surface
Sat, Nov 09, 2019

What Pakistan has achieved in its 72 years of existence is the culture of insult. It is a nuclear power where the leaders, and their followers, speak a language unheard of in past civilisations. Some fulmination comes from religion, but not all.

Uighur terrorism brewing in Pakistan is drawing China’s ire
Sat, Nov 02, 2019

The Pakistani military intelligence, the ISI, has regularly informed the Chinese about Uighurs operating out of Pakistan, which has helped its Chinese counterpart in fending off the attacks.

Pakistan now fears influx of Afghan refugees, as during the Soviet invasion
Sat, Oct 26, 2019

Pakistan once thought it could have “strategic depth” in Afghanistan against India. Now, it is uncomfortable about India getting close to Iran and Kabul and building up the resistant-to-Taliban Tajik elements in northern Afghanistan.

Afghanistan polls, held without a ceasefire, do not portend political stability
Sat, Oct 19, 2019

A total of 2.7 million Afghans or 28 percent of the registered voters voted in the elections. An election, held without a ceasefire with the Taliban and its allies, the Al Qaeda and Islamic State, was foredoomed

Why India must not reject Gandhi and imitate Pakistan
Sat, Oct 12, 2019

A “failed” Bapu would still have liked an “interactive” South Asia rather than a couple of “nuclearised” states lunging at each other.

Could Pakistan have stayed out of US-led global campaign after 9/11?
Sat, Oct 05, 2019

Imran Khan, during his September visit to America, said: “Pakistan, by joining the US after 9/11, committed one of the biggest blunders. Some economists say we lost $200 billion. On top of it, we were blamed by the US for not winning in Afghanistan.”

Pakistan has compromised its internal sovereignty by supporting non-state actors
Sat, Sep 28, 2019

Any discussion of law and order in Pakistan in the past has run headlong into the state's policy of (proxy) jihad. Because jihad was fought with mercenary troops, there was a sharing of the sovereignty of the state with jihadi leaders.

Swapping of Aafia Siddiqui for Shakeel Afridi has been in the works for a while
Sat, Sep 21, 2019

Why should Pakistan ask for Siddiqui back? An MIT-trained Pakistani neuroscientist, she “was accused by the United Nations and the United States of being an al Qaeda member and named one of the seven most wanted al Qaeda figures by the FBI”, according to veteran Pakistani journalist Zahid Hussain in his book, The Scorpion’s Tail (2010).

Standard of Pakistan’s manpower is linked to the country’s education model
Sat, Sep 14, 2019

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, in his essays, also bemoaned the “poor quality” of the Muslim citizen and recommended that Muslims get “worldly” education instead of sending their children to madrasas.

The Abbottabad Mystery
Sat, Sep 07, 2019

How did the Americans find Osama bin Laden — is the question