Khaled Ahmed is the consulting editor for Newsweek Pakistan, and former consulting editor for the Daily Timesand the Friday Times. In a thirty-year-long career in journalism, he has written extensively on the ideology and politics of Pakistan.
His books include Pakistan: Behind the Ideological Mask (Lahore: Vanguard Books, 2000) and Pakistan: the State in Crisis (Lahore: Vanguard Books, 2001). His book on Pakistan, Sectarian War in 2011 is now in its third edition. His book Word for Word won the best book of the year award of the Academy of Letters Islamabad in 2012. Khaled Ahmed was awarded Presidential Pride of Performance Medal, 2013.
Khaled Ahmed is Pakistan's most respected columnist, and his formidable expertise on the ideologies of extremism is internationally acknowledged. In Sleepwalking to Surrender he explores why, despite the horrifying toll that terrorism has taken on Pakistan, the civil and military establishments continue to uphold a variety of conspiracy theories in place of the facts on the ground. In a situation where the writ of the state is fraying in the face of Taliban-al-Qaeda terror, it continues to view the USA and India as its designated enemies, rather than the extremists holding the state to ransom. In this powerful and insightful analysis of the state of Pakistan today, Ahmed examines a wide spectrum of events, ideologies and personalities and appraises the portents for the future.