Columnist

Zahid Hussain

Zahid Hussain is an award-winning journalist and author. He is a former scholar at Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholar, USA, and a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and at the Stimson Center in Washington DC. He is author of Frontline Pakistan: The struggle with militant Islam (Columbia university press) and The Scorpion’s tail: The relentless rise of Islamic militants in Pakistan (Simon and Schuster, NY). Frontline Pakistan was the book of the year (2007) by the WSJ.

Twitter: @hidhussain ‏

Latest published



Delving deep into Mullah Omar’s life in hiding

The sensational disclosure that the Taliban’s founder had lived and died in a village in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, located close to an American military base, belies the widespread perception that Mullah Omar had operated from a safe haven in Pakistan.

March 12, 2019

Pakistan’s peace gesture has failed to defuse the conflict

There is no sign of de-escalation in the conflict between India and Pakistan yet, despite Islamabad’s decision to release a captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot.

March 01, 2019

The regionalization of Afghan peace talks

Just as Taliban and US officials seem closer to a deal on core issues that could clear the way for peace negotiations, Afghanistan’s neighbors, Russia, Iran and China, have begun springing into action. 

February 05, 2019

Afghan peace talks stalemated

A persistent Taliban refusal to negotiate with representatives from Ashraf Ghani’s civilian government shrouded US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad’s hopeful arrival in Pakistan.

January 19, 2019

Nawaz Sharif’s latest conviction marks the end of an era in Pakistani politics

For scions of Pakistan's Sharif dynasty, 2018 will be the year that was.

December 24, 2018