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Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid is a correspondent for The Diplomat, based in Pakistan. His work has also been published in The Guardian, The Independent, Foreign Policy, Courrier International, Haaretz, New Statesman, The Telegraph , MIT Review among other publications. He tweets @khuldune  

The Defiance of Pakistani Atheists
August 22, 2019
The Defiance of Pakistani Atheists
In a country where atheism is a capital offense, nonbelievers are still finding quiet ways to forge community.
The Defiance of Pakistani Atheists
The End of Article 370: How Pakistan Surrendered Kashmir
August 06, 2019
The End of Article 370: How Pakistan Surrendered Kashmir
Pakistan’s long-time approach to the dispute leaves little room for objecting to the Modi government’s power play.
The End of Article 370: How Pakistan Surrendered Kashmir
The IMF Takeover of Pakistan
July 18, 2019
The IMF Takeover of Pakistan
Many Pakistanis see the terms of the $6 billion bailout package as a hostile takeover of their economy and government.
The IMF Takeover of Pakistan
Islamic State Comes for South Asia
June 18, 2019
Islamic State Comes for South Asia
The Islamic State has completed its shift from Middle East to South Asia.
Islamic State Comes for South Asia
Pakistan Declares War on Pashtun Nationalism
May 02, 2019
Pakistan Declares War on Pashtun Nationalism
The Pakistani military is trying to sound the death knell of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement.
Pakistan Declares War on Pashtun Nationalism
Why the Pakistani Establishment Is Rooting for the BJP
April 12, 2019
Why the Pakistani Establishment Is Rooting for the BJP
The strange logic behind Pakistan's leaders wanting a Hindu nationalist party to keep control of India.
Why the Pakistani Establishment Is Rooting for the BJP
How Pakistan’s Constitution Facilitates Blasphemy Lynching and Forced Conversions
March 27, 2019
How Pakistan’s Constitution Facilitates Blasphemy Lynching and Forced Conversions
Islamic supremacy, sadly, is written into Pakistan’s constitution.
How Pakistan’s Constitution Facilitates Blasphemy Lynching and Forced Conversions
A Pakistani Minister Was Just Sacked for Anti-Hindu Bigotry. That’s Historic.
March 06, 2019
A Pakistani Minister Was Just Sacked for Anti-Hindu Bigotry. That’s Historic.
The move hints that the state is willing to readdress its Islamist narrative.
A Pakistani Minister Was Just Sacked for Anti-Hindu Bigotry. That’s Historic.
Gilgit-Baltistan: Pakistan’s Geopolitical Loophole
February 16, 2019
Gilgit-Baltistan: Pakistan’s Geopolitical Loophole
The disputed territory remains caught in limbo: neither a province nor self-administered.
Gilgit-Baltistan: Pakistan’s Geopolitical Loophole
Pakistanis Are the ‘Collateral Damage’ of Their State’s Counterterror Failures
January 23, 2019
Pakistanis Are the ‘Collateral Damage’ of Their State’s Counterterror Failures
A mother, father, and teenage daughter are the latest innocent victims of Pakistan's botched counterterror policy.
Pakistanis Are the ‘Collateral Damage’ of Their State’s Counterterror Failures
Pakistan Scores a Rare Diplomatic Victory on Kashmir
December 19, 2018
Pakistan Scores a Rare Diplomatic Victory on Kashmir
The OIC condemning ‘Indian terrorism’ in Kashmir is a diplomatic triumph for Pakistan.
Pakistan Scores a Rare Diplomatic Victory on Kashmir
A New Pakistan Government, a New Way to Persecute Ahmadis
September 08, 2018
A New Pakistan Government, a New Way to Persecute Ahmadis
The PTI government picked Atif Mian as an economic adviser -- then dropped him once his faith became an issue.
A New Pakistan Government, a New Way to Persecute Ahmadis
Pakistan’s Economic Crisis
August 08, 2018
Pakistan’s Economic Crisis
Islamabad’s need for an IMF bailout is set to create a “diplomatic predicament.”
Pakistan’s Economic Crisis
The Biggest Challenge for Pakistan’s Next Prime Minister
July 26, 2018
The Biggest Challenge for Pakistan’s Next Prime Minister
As premier, Imran Khan’s greatest challenge will be detaching himself from the Army’s strings.
The Biggest Challenge for Pakistan’s Next Prime Minister
Why the Pakistan Army Is Vying to Influence the General Elections
July 20, 2018
Why the Pakistan Army Is Vying to Influence the General Elections
The upcoming election is about more than Nawaz Sharif – or even Pakistani democracy.
Why the Pakistan Army Is Vying to Influence the General Elections
How Pakistan Weaponized ‘Love for Prophet Muhammad’
May 08, 2018
How Pakistan Weaponized ‘Love for Prophet Muhammad’
How Pakistan's anti-Ahmadiyya campaigns links to a recent assassination attempt.
How Pakistan Weaponized ‘Love for Prophet Muhammad’
Could Facebook Data Leaks Impact Pakistan’s Elections?
May 01, 2018
Could Facebook Data Leaks Impact Pakistan’s Elections?
In Pakistan the spread of misinformation is a much graver problem than the impact it might have on polling.
Could Facebook Data Leaks Impact Pakistan’s Elections?
Sharif's Lifetime Ban From Politics Is the Final Blow to Pakistan's Democracy
April 18, 2018
Sharif's Lifetime Ban From Politics Is the Final Blow to Pakistan's Democracy
Nawaz Sharif’s lifetime disqualification has scratched off Pakistan’s façade of democracy.
Sharif's Lifetime Ban From Politics Is the Final Blow to Pakistan's Democracy
The Pashtun Nationalist Movement Can Save Pakistan
April 10, 2018
The Pashtun Nationalist Movement Can Save Pakistan
By addressing the Pashtuns' grievances, Pakistan could let go out its outdated self-image as a monolithic state.
The Pashtun Nationalist Movement Can Save Pakistan
Quetta Attack a Gory Reminder of Islamic State's Presence in Balochistan
April 05, 2018
Quetta Attack a Gory Reminder of Islamic State's Presence in Balochistan
The Pakistan Army continues to deny that ISIS is active in Pakistan, despite the mounting evidence.
Quetta Attack a Gory Reminder of Islamic State's Presence in Balochistan
Trump’s Tweet Has Done Pakistan a Massive Favor
January 03, 2018
Trump’s Tweet Has Done Pakistan a Massive Favor
A Twitter tirade once again allows Pakistan to play the victim.
Trump’s Tweet Has Done Pakistan a Massive Favor
Why Pakistan Is Hyphenating Palestine and Kashmir
December 14, 2017
Why Pakistan Is Hyphenating Palestine and Kashmir
The rest of the world has long distanced itself from the Islamist struggle in Kashmir – unlike Palestine.
Why Pakistan Is Hyphenating Palestine and Kashmir
The Mullah-Military Takeover of Pakistan
December 07, 2017
The Mullah-Military Takeover of Pakistan
A Musharraf-Saeed alliance could provide the political face of the mullah-military takeover underway in Pakistan.
The Mullah-Military Takeover of Pakistan
Hafiz Saeed’s Release Completes the Political Mainstreaming of Jihadists in Pakistan
November 25, 2017
Hafiz Saeed’s Release Completes the Political Mainstreaming of Jihadists in Pakistan
The prime suspect of the Mumbai attacks can now personally spearhead the Islamist campaign for parliament.
Hafiz Saeed’s Release Completes the Political Mainstreaming of Jihadists in Pakistan
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