Update on Pakistan’s floods

Listen to the Interview Here: Radio interview with TiffinTalk, an Indian current affairs radioshow While the breaking news of the Pakistan floods has faded from the front pages of newspapers, only to be replaced by what sounds like flood induced damage to unfinished buildings at the Commonwealth Games, the fallout from the catastrophe is still…

Pakistan, rebranded

The Boston Globe By Imaduddin Ahmed and Kapil Komireddi March 25, 2010 Pop-star Ali Zafar GOOGLE “PAKISTAN is’’ and you’ll find a host of common searches: “a failed state,’’ “a terrorist country,’’ “doomed’’ and — encompassing all of the above — “the problem.’’ Pakistan’s image is both the effect and a potential cause of terrorism:…

What happened at Copenhagen and why China didn’t cooperate

The Friday Times (Pakistan) Imaduddin Ahmed | Jan 8, 2010 With China projected by Goldman Sachs to overtake the US as the largest economy by 2030, the way for the US to remain the most dominant force in global politics will be by having China sign itself into US-led global governance structures The generally accepted…

Bhutto ist tot – es lebe die Demokratie!

Der Westen muss die pakistanische Mittelschicht unterstützen 01.02.2008 | von Imaduddin Ahmed Internationale Politik 2, Februar 2008, S. 111 – 113 Die Medien haben viel Aufhebens darum gemacht, dass Benazir Bhuttos Tod das Ende von Demokratie und Hoffnung in Pakistan ankündigt. Natürlich ist der Tod einer populären Politikerin und Mutter dreier Kinder kein Grund zum…

Bhutto’s true colors – unashamed hypocrisy

Global Edition of The New York Times | Jan 1, 2008 The Boston Globe | Jan 2, 2008 By Imaduddin Ahmed Analysts are lamenting the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, calling it the death of hope for democracy in Pakistan. Benazir certainly had popular support throughout the country. Her martyred father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who…

When kites turn lethal

The New York Times Also published in The Boston Globe By Imaduddin Ahmed  |  February 21, 2007 LAHORE, Pakistan SKIES FILLED with kites, rooftop parties, bright yellow clothes, laughing children, family get-togethers, good food, and good times have been associated for several hundred years with a spring festival in Lahore, one of South Asia’s culture…

Utopia for a day

The Friday Times | Jan 19, 2007 Imaduddin Ahmed’s  week Regular readers will know that my luck runs short when I enter public spaces in Lahore. Ironically enough, I’ve never had trouble at protests or elections. Yet I found myself to be the proverbial moth to the incandescent flame last Sunday as Annie Aunty, Sarah…

Against the odds

Imaduddin Ahmed | The Friday Times Sana Khurshid has been an eye catcher since I can remember. Active, outgoing, good-humoured and pretty, she was she was the subject of my first serious crush. I know I have not been in exclusive company. If you’ve recently seen a young, attractive woman driving her electric wheelchair around…

Swatting about

The Friday Times | Nov 10, 2006 Imaduddin Ahmed finds a good holiday in off-season Swat   As a resident of Turkey, where they have faith in the science of astrology, Bade was able to pinpoint that the Eid holidays would come at the end of October. Perfect timing for an off-season break to northern…

Eid Mubarak, Balakot

The Friday Times | Oct 6, 2006 Imaduddin Ahmed On my second visit to Balakot – the first was made three weeks before the October 8th earthquake – I found the city levelled. The shop where my father had bought his cigarettes, on the left side of the bridge across the bank, was gone. If…