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

Corridor Of Conciliation

Kartarpur presents an opportunity for normalisation of India-Pakistan ties

Fazlur Rehman’s movement seems impressive, but only on the surface

What Pakistan has achieved in its 72 years of existence is the culture of insult. It is a nuclear power where the leaders, and their followers, speak a language unheard of in past civilisations. Some fulmination comes from religion, but not all.

Uighur terrorism brewing in Pakistan is drawing China’s ire

The Pakistani military intelligence, the ISI, has regularly informed the Chinese about Uighurs operating out of Pakistan, which has helped its Chinese counterpart in fending off the attacks.

Pakistan now fears influx of Afghan refugees, as during the Soviet invasion

Pakistan once thought it could have “strategic depth” in Afghanistan against India. Now, it is uncomfortable about India getting close to Iran and Kabul and building up the resistant-to-Taliban Tajik elements in northern Afghanistan.

Afghanistan polls, held without a ceasefire, do not portend political stability

A total of 2.7 million Afghans or 28 percent of the registered voters voted in the elections. An election, held without a ceasefire with the Taliban and its allies, the Al Qaeda and Islamic State, was foredoomed

Why India must not reject Gandhi and imitate Pakistan

A “failed” Bapu would still have liked an “interactive” South Asia rather than a couple of “nuclearised” states lunging at each other.

Could Pakistan have stayed out of US-led global campaign after 9/11?

Imran Khan, during his September visit to America, said: “Pakistan, by joining the US after 9/11, committed one of the biggest blunders. Some economists say we lost $200 billion. On top of it, we were blamed by the US for not winning in Afghanistan.”

Pakistan has compromised its internal sovereignty by supporting non-state actors

Any discussion of law and order in Pakistan in the past has run headlong into the state's policy of (proxy) jihad. Because jihad was fought with mercenary troops, there was a sharing of the sovereignty of the state with jihadi leaders.

Swapping of Aafia Siddiqui for Shakeel Afridi has been in the works for a while

Why should Pakistan ask for Siddiqui back? An MIT-trained Pakistani neuroscientist, she “was accused by the United Nations and the United States of being an al Qaeda member and named one of the seven most wanted al Qaeda figures by the FBI”, according to veteran Pakistani journalist Zahid Hussain in his book, The Scorpion’s Tail (2010).

Standard of Pakistan’s manpower is linked to the country’s education model

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, in his essays, also bemoaned the “poor quality” of the Muslim citizen and recommended that Muslims get “worldly” education instead of sending their children to madrasas.

The Abbottabad Mystery

How did the Americans find Osama bin Laden — is the question

Where media is beseiged

Populism in South Asia threatens to reduce media to banal agitprop

Everyone loves Turkish drama

A new book in Pakistan looks at the phenomenon that is gaining worldwide popularity.

The Caliph Of The Court

Pakistan’s Chief Justice Saqib Nisar neglected cases to campaign for a dam.

Self flagellation In Pakistan

Abrogation of Articles 370, 35A has sparked passionate reaction across the border

Madrassa as mainstream

Religious seminaries have made literacy toxic in Pakistan

The change triangle

Things are panning out in favour of a US-Pak thaw. Time may also be right for India-Pak normalisation

If Taliban returns

Children, women will have to bear the brunt of an Islamist revival in Kabul

Hazards of Identity

Modern societies are rejecting globalism for exclusionary categories.

The saga of Hafiz Saeed

As Pakistan initiates 23 cases against him and his aides for terrorism financing, a look at the fraught context