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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
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.

December 24, 2019

After the Junaid Hafeez Verdict, Time to Face the Truth About Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Pakistan’s blasphemy law needs to be sentenced to death -- not so-called 'blasphemers.'

December 20, 2019

Pakistan’s Rock‘n Roll Resurgence

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
After coming out from the shadow of security concerns, Pakistan’s musicians face a more mundane challenge: money.
November 29, 2019

Lahore’s Annual Smogfest

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Every winter pollution spikes in Pakistan's second largest city, yet politicians have done little to prevent the recurring crisis.

October 28, 2019

Ahmadis Once Again Fear the Fallout From Pakistan’s Political Tussles

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
“All political issues, which have nothing to do with us, see us becoming the scapegoats,” says the Ahmadiyya community’s spokesperson.

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.

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