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

Why SAARC is still relevant

SAARC holds the key to South Asia’s economic integration.

How Dhaka fell in 1971

Bangladesh’s birth owes to Pakistani policy flaws, not India’s intervention.

A shot at peace

Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Imran Khan are well-placed for transforming relations between their countries

Hindutva & India’s neighbours

After being ousted in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, many policies will come under review within the BJP, including perhaps the religious fervour frequently unleashed on the minority communities.

The Jailing of Aafiya Siddiqui

Aafiya Siddiqui's imprisonment is being used by radicals to turn Pakistani Muslims against US.

Corridor of comfort

On Kartarpur, change in Pakistan army’s thinking is guiding the PM

Taliban’s Teacher

Sami-ul-Haq was an integral part of Pakistan’s influential mullah-military alliance

Trade vs Terror

A relationship based on connectivity and free trade is the only recipe that will work in a world tired of Indo-Pakistan conflict.

Turning their back on modernity

Turkey’s education system was once an inspiration for Pakistan. Today, both countries promote religious education.

General in the limelight

Asad Durrani’s memoir bares murky dealings in Pakistan’s security establishment. But that doesn’t exonerate the ex ISI chief

The Blasphemy Test

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

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

A gulf too wide

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

Migrant and nation

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

Follies Of Faith

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

The Haqqani secret

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

How Gandhi was different

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

Jinn Politics

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

The Ungoverned Land

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

Clashing With Kabul

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