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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 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.

August 07, 2021

Pakistan’s Hindu Temple Ransacking Has Deep Ideological Roots

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Pakistan’s anti-Hindu bigotry remains uniquely institutionalized.

July 30, 2021

Are Pakistan-Sri Lanka Ties Emerging From India’s Shadow?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
From Imran Khan's visit to stronger trade ties, Pakistan's much-touted shift from geopolitics to geoeconomics is on display in Sri Lanka.

June 28, 2021

How Pakistan Is Helping China Crack Down on Uyghur Muslims

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Pakistan was once an escape route of choice for many Uyghurs. Today long-standing members of the country's Uyghur community fear for their future.
May 26, 2021

The Gory Symbolism of a Terrorist Attack on a Palestine Rally in Balochistan

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
While Pakistanis were united in their outrage over abuses by Israel, few spare a word for the systemic oppression closer to home.

April 23, 2021

Pakistan’s COVID-19 Battle Is Missing a Crucial Ingredient: Public Support

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Few Pakistanis bothered to follow the government’s public health guidelines. Now, many are refusing to get vaccinated.

March 04, 2021

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law Clearly Doesn’t Protect Hinduism

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The mockery of Hindu deities underscores Pakistan’s Islamist double standard on blasphemy.

February 25, 2021

Pakistani Farmers Are Gearing Up for India-Like Protests

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Farmers in Pakistani Punjab plan to take to the streets next month, hoping to generate some of the noise that their Indian counterparts have created.

January 13, 2021

Pakistan Continues to Sacrifice Shia Hazaras to Safeguard Jihadist ‘Assets’

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
A wide array of causes has led to Pakistan adopting a decades-old policy of appeasement toward anti-Shia militancy. The Hazaras pay the price.
December 24, 2020

The Unheard Voices of Kashmir

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
While India and Pakistan argue and fight over the fate of Kashmir, is anyone listening to the Kashmiris?

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