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Monday, July 16, 2018

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.

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

Why Pakistan Lost Out
Mon, Apr 30, 2018

A respected economist unravels the failure of the country’s institutions

The banishment of Nawaz Sharif
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has become morbidly activist, its chief justice luxuriating in an exaggerated pantomime of anti-politician ‘justice’ while a mountain of case backlog grows in the courts.

The ‘Muslim-first’ Doctrine
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Pakistan’s free fall continues under politicians, judges who represent state’s dark side

The legend of Ruchi Ram
Sat, Apr 07, 2018

India, Pakistan have forgotten this Lahorite, a great scientist and public intellectual

Punishing the powerless
Sat, Mar 31, 2018

Poor minorities are usually the target of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

Din, Dharma And Quran
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

Words in the holy book indicate Semitic contacts with other civilisations.

The self-dramatising judges
Sat, Mar 17, 2018

Time was when judiciary shrank from brawling with executive in Pakistan. No more

Padmaavat in Pakistan
Sat, Mar 10, 2018

The portrayal of Alauddin Khilji is setting off many arguments.

The Medals Of Their Defeats
Mon, Mar 05, 2018

Pakistan Army’s senior leadership has let down its soldiers, lower-rung officers