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 Ungoverned Land
Sat, Sep 15, 2018

Islamabad’s writ has disappeared from 60 per cent of Pakistan’s territory.

Clashing With Kabul
Sat, Sep 08, 2018

Pakistan is finding it difficult to engage with Afghanistan on the lines it is familiar with

Chanakya In Our Times
Sat, Sep 01, 2018

India’s use of his concepts of isolationism and involvement confounds Pakistan.

Too Close To Home
Sat, Aug 25, 2018

Naipaul’s observations on South Asia are insulting, but may not all be off the mark

The Cast Of Kargil
Sat, Aug 18, 2018

Musharraf placed officers who shared his orientation on Kashmir in key positions.

Consensual enslavement
Sat, Aug 11, 2018

Islamic feminism has pushed back the women’s rights movement in Pakistan and reversed the movement for secularisation in the country

Hindu Pakistan? Not Quite
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

Fanaticism has grown in India, but not been sanctified in its constitution, penal code

Pakistan’s new captain
Fri, Jul 27, 2018

PML-N’s clash with Pak establishment, a media revolution, played a role in Imran Khan’s victory

Blasphemy Bites Back
Sat, Jul 21, 2018

Nawaz Sharif had the opportunity to scrap the law that has landed him in prison.

A Poll Outcome Foretold
Sat, Jul 14, 2018

When a Pakistan PM falls foul of the deep state, the Opposition, senior bureaucrats and the judiciary get together against him.

The Pakistan Paradox
Sat, Jul 07, 2018

Pakistan’s persona non grata, ex-ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, in his book Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a dysfunctional state, lists the reasons why Pakistan today finds itself swamped with crises it can’t resolve.

Revisiting Benazir
Sat, Jun 30, 2018

A new biography looks back at the time when charisma reigned, as did corruption

Diplomat who made friends
Sat, Jun 23, 2018

Ambassador Marker helmed Pakistan’s embassies at a tough time in its history.

Ideology vs State
Sat, Jun 16, 2018

Wrangling politicians of Pakistan call themselves ‘ideological’. What could they mean?

Remembering Charanjit Singh
Sat, Jun 09, 2018

Charanjit Singh was killed by those fed on an ideology that demonises non-Muslims in Pakistan

Unhappiest In South Asia
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

The unhappiness rankings need to take note: The lack of joy in Pakistan is palpable

Reluctantly, Malala
Sat, May 26, 2018

Many in Pakistan reject her. Her own country remains impervious to her message.

Pessimistic In Pakistan
Sat, May 19, 2018

Permanent self-flagellation has taken the shape of an abusive political discourse

Prosperity For Peace
Sat, May 12, 2018

Free trade could end Pakistan's siege mentality, ensure peace with India

Land Of Toxic Learning
Sat, May 05, 2018

Schools have been part of the inevitable Islamisation of Pakistan’s polity