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 Blasphemy Test
Sat, Nov 10, 2018

Pakistan’s apex court has shown guts by acquitting Asia Bibi despite clerics’ anger. A governor of Punjab, Salmaan Taseer, had died at the hands of his own security guard while defending Bibi, who he thought had been framed.

Integration vs The Ummah
Sat, Nov 03, 2018

Both UK and Pakistan are dealing with effects of a radicalised Muslim population

A gulf too wide
Sat, Oct 27, 2018

Despite cultural affinities with Iran, Pakistan remains closer to the Arab states

Migrant and nation
Sat, Oct 20, 2018

Pakistan’s inability to govern its territory effectively is in large measure due to its burgeoning refugee population

Follies Of Faith
Sat, Oct 13, 2018

Pak PM Imran Khan’s cave-in on Ahmadi issue underlines a continuing injustice

The Haqqani secret
Sat, Oct 06, 2018

Career of Jalaluddin Haqqani mirrored the turbulent history of Afghanistan-Pakistan-US relations since the Soviet invasion

How Gandhi was different
Sat, Sep 29, 2018

He led the greatest Muslim movement in history, articulated a Hindu-Muslim synthesis based on non-violence, tolerance.

Jinn Politics
Sat, Sep 22, 2018

Unsavoury acts with a connection to Imran Khan’s pious wife are coming to light.

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