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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
October 08, 2019

The Return of the Pakistani Taliban

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
After fading in the wake of 2014’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the TTP is poised for a resurgence.

September 23, 2019

After Ghotki, Pakistan Should Abandon its Glorification of Temple Vandalizers

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The abandonment of the Islamist narrative has long been an existential question for Pakistan.
August 22, 2019

The Defiance of Pakistani Atheists

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
In a country where atheism is a capital offense, nonbelievers are still finding quiet ways to forge community.

August 06, 2019

The End of Article 370: How Pakistan Surrendered Kashmir

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Pakistan’s long-time approach to the dispute leaves little room for objecting to the Modi government’s power play.

July 18, 2019

The IMF Takeover of Pakistan

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Many Pakistanis see the terms of the $6 billion bailout package as a hostile takeover of their economy and government.

June 18, 2019

Islamic State Comes for South Asia

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The Islamic State has completed its shift from Middle East to South Asia.
May 02, 2019

Pakistan Declares War on Pashtun Nationalism

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The Pakistani military is trying to sound the death knell of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement.

April 12, 2019

Why the Pakistani Establishment Is Rooting for the BJP

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The strange logic behind Pakistan's leaders wanting a Hindu nationalist party to keep control of India.

March 27, 2019

How Pakistan’s Constitution Facilitates Blasphemy Lynching and Forced Conversions

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Islamic supremacy, sadly, is written into Pakistan’s constitution.

March 06, 2019

A Pakistani Minister Was Just Sacked for Anti-Hindu Bigotry. That’s Historic.

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The move hints that the state is willing to readdress its Islamist narrative.

February 16, 2019

Gilgit-Baltistan: Pakistan’s Geopolitical Loophole

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The disputed territory remains caught in limbo: neither a province nor self-administered.
January 23, 2019

Pakistanis Are the ‘Collateral Damage’ of Their State’s Counterterror Failures

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
A mother, father, and teenage daughter are the latest innocent victims of Pakistan's botched counterterror policy.

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