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Thursday, May 28, 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.

Who is being backed by Pakistan in Afghanistan in these days of chaos?
Sat, May 23, 2020

What is happening in Afghanistan is going to affect Pakistan and since Pakistan is no longer clear whom it can support, the coming post-US withdrawal days will mean trouble for it.

Nehru-Liaquat Pact is testimony to an India-Pakistan relationship less rancorous
Sat, May 16, 2020

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wanted a no-war pact with Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan. The mere fact that it was actually discussed measures for us the “normal” goodwill that existed despite the years of quarrelling during the Pakistan Movement.

Educational reform under Imran Khan is a way of embracing isolationism.
Sat, May 09, 2020

The uniformity of mind created in the state-sector schools is a kind of preparation for the final takeover by the pure madrassa stream — the utopia Pakistan aspires to.

In Pakistan, religious leaders, not doctors, are setting Covid policy
Sat, May 02, 2020

Unsurprisingly, the clergy in Pakistan has the upper hand and has defeated the doctors in deciding the state policy against COVID-19, which had struck 10,500 victims and had claimed 280 lives at the end of April.

Pakistan has seen some unconventional judges in the Supreme Court in recent times
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

It appears that by the time a judge becomes a member of the Supreme Court in Pakistan, his personality is elevated to the status of a saviour. People living in small cities, and suffering the tyranny of the local feudal aristocracy, want their sons to either join the police department or become a lawyer.

India, Pakistan, Turkey are going back to religion. There is a better way
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

Can we roll back the religious state and the utopia of violent suppression of the variant point of view? Pakistan and India can prosper by becoming good trading partners, linking up with China and Iran and Central Asia where India still enjoys a lot of goodwill.

Religious congregations and beliefs need a relook in times of coronavirus
Thu, Apr 09, 2020

When Pakistan decided to “lock down” the country in the third week of March, mosque congregations had to be ignored because most clerical leaders were not in favour of the closure.

That Omar Sheikh is let off by Pakistan court should worry the world
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

The trial was shifted to the Hyderabad jail from Karachi because the prosecution kept receiving threatening messages from the terrorists supporting Omar.

In 21st century Pakistan, women continue to be denied agency, rights
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

In Pakistan, most women living away from big cities have to survive in a hostile environment. Almost half of Pakistan’s 225 million population comprises women, which means half of Pakistan is getting a raw deal in the 21st century.

Non-Muslim Urdu writers of Lahore left behind memoirs of abiding love for the city
Sat, Mar 14, 2020

Over time, Lahore became the publishing capital of India and printed Urdu magazines with circulation reaching across India to Burma, where the last Mughal king had been exiled.

Islamabad is unlikely to benefit from US-Taliban pact
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

Fissures in Afghanistan's policy could spill into Pakistan, tilting balance in favour of madrasa-based radicalism.

Pakistan is hunting down groups it sees as acting on India’s behalf
Sat, Feb 29, 2020

Pakistan and India might think it is a good strategy to use tribesmen in Afghanistan and Pakistan to get even with each other; but the common man is suffering and is being punished for protesting his uprooted life.

Lahore and Government College University, are now recognising Har Gobind Khorana
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

Khorana is not the only great Hindu that Lahore is now getting ready to remember. There was a boy called Ganga Ram who left his big mark on the city. Ganga Ram was born in 1851 in a Sikh saadhu’s hut in Mangtanwala, about 40 miles from Lahore.

For Pakistan, 2020 could be the year of punishment
Sat, Feb 15, 2020

Imran Khan loves defiance but Pakistan can hardly afford it either abroad or at home. The opposition PPP and PMLN are hounded by cases of corruption against their mostly ailing leaders that the courts are reluctant to punish.

How the United Kingdom has been a laboratory for a brand of Islam
Sat, Feb 08, 2020

Pakistanis get radicalised after migrating to the UK. Their children get radicalised growing up in labour-class communities where Islam is practiced in more intense forms. One such “transformed” person was Al-Muhajiroun’s founder, Anjum Chaudhry, of Pakistani origin, who is now in jail.

Shuja Nawaz’s new book explores differences between Pakistan army and radical elements
Sat, Feb 01, 2020

The book sums up prescriptively the brainwash affecting the civil-military relationship too: “More needs to be done to turn back the forces of religious obscurantism and ritualism that have crept into Pakistani society and even the military."

India should realise that trade and opening borders can address Kashmir dispute
Sat, Jan 25, 2020

What happened in the Valley was hair-raising enough to shock the world and drag Pakistan back into its national position of challenging India.

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.