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Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid is a Pakistan-based correspondent for The Diplomat.

He’s also a member of 101Reporters, a pan-Asia network of grassroots reporters. His work has been featured in The GuardianThe IndependentForeign PolicyBBCHaaretzArab NewsCourrier InternationalLe MondeDaily BeastThe Telegraph, MIT Review, among other publications.

Posts by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
January 27, 2023

The Af-Pak Dollar Cartel

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The black market flow of U.S. dollars across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is unifying the two countries' economic crises. 

November 01, 2022

Pakistan’s Chief Problem

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The entirety of Pakistan’s politics, including its conflicts and paradoxes, is wrapped up in the question of who the next chief of army staff will be.
September 28, 2022

Pakistan’s Vicious IMF Cycle

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Governments come and go, but Pakistan's economic woes – and its love/hate relationship with the IMF – remain constant.

August 27, 2022

Is This the End for Pakistan’s Sharif Political Dynasty?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The Sharif family’s political fate hinges on whether they can overcome a split between backers of brothers Nawaz and Shehbaz – and convince supporters their alignment with the military is not a betrayal.

June 22, 2022

Pakistan’s Negotiations With Terrorists

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Pakistan’s government is talking with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), sparking fears about what the state is prepared to negotiate away.

April 25, 2022

The Rise, Fall, and Rise of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Imran Khan’s unceremonious fall from the prime minister’s office has only reinvigorated his devoted supporters.
February 14, 2022

Pakistan Continues to Exhibit Gory ‘Islamophobia’ Against Ahmadis

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Pakistan is indubitably more phobic of the Ahmadiyya sect, and their interpretation of Islam, than most of the states that Khan vocally deems “Islamophobic.”

January 26, 2022

Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Troubles Won’t End With the Taliban Victory

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The Durand Line continues to bedevil Af-Pak relations. One doesn’t recognize it; the other ignores it when convenient.

November 10, 2021

South Asian Politics Takes the Field at the Cricket World Cup

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
From the India-Pakistan match to Afghanistan’s run and even New Zealand-Pakistan tensions, the T20 World Cup has been brimming with geopolitical implications.

October 09, 2021

Pandora Papers Unravel Imran Khan’s ‘Anti-Corruption’ Narrative

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The Panama Papers took down Khan’s predecessor. How will his government weather the latest revelations of offshore wealth?

October 04, 2021

How South Asia’s Brand of Sufi Islam Became Radicalized

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Radical Barelvi groups are now resorting to violence to underline their sect – once famous for its pluralism – as the truest version of Islam.
August 19, 2021

How the Taliban Used Pakistan

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan. Far from a victory, that could ultimately be a setback for Pakistan.

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