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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
September 17, 2020

What Role Does the State Play in Pakistan’s Anti-Shia Hysteria?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Recent anti-Shia demonstrations in Karachi raise uncomfortable questions about the possible involvement of the Pakistani establishment.

September 04, 2020

Asim Bajwa Exposé Underlines the Corruption Linking the Pakistan Army and CPEC

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
With the backing of the powerful military, it has become all but impossible to raise questions about CPEC -- even when major corruption allegations are made.
August 26, 2020

Can Pakistan and Bangladesh Be Friends?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
China and Turkey are providing the opportunity for Pakistan to sit with Bangladesh again. Islamabad must do so with sincerity and self-reflection.

July 31, 2020

Pakistan’s Bloodthirsty Blasphemy Law Needs to Be Repealed

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Vigilantes have claimed the life of yet another Pakistani accused of blasphemy.

July 08, 2020

Pakistan’s Hinduphobia

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The government’s plan to support the Shri Krishna temple in Islamabad has sparked a predictable, but still deplorable, backlash.

June 23, 2020

Can Pakistan International Airlines Be Saved?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
A flawed safety record, troubled finances, and lack of transparency: for many, the PIA is a microcosm of all that ails Pakistan.
June 22, 2020

Pakistan’s ‘Occupied Balochistan’

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Drawing parallels with Bosnia, Palestine, and Kashmir, the Balochistan National Party chief accused the state of colonizing the region.

June 01, 2020

Pakistan’s Climate Wake-up Call

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The temporary blue skies brought by the COVID-19 slowdown have inspired soul-searching over Pakistan’s current development path.

April 20, 2020

On the Taliban, Pakistan, and Islamic State: An Interview With the Former TTP Spokesman

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
In an ironic twist, Ehsanullah Ehsan is championing human rights after fleeing Pakistan.

March 31, 2020

Did Pakistan Win the Afghanistan War?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Pakistan is jubilant over the U.S.-Taliban peace deal, but celebration may be premature.

February 14, 2020

Radical Islamists Hold Filmmaking Hostage in Pakistan

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Stopping the released of an award-winning film to appease an Islamist group sets a troubling precedent.
February 07, 2020

Is Pakistan’s Economy Recovering?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
While there are positive signs, the IMF bailout conditions continue to pinch for average Pakistanis.

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