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