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



No major change in US policy on Pakistan expected under Biden administration

The transition in the White House next week with Joe Biden taking over the charge is likely to have a profound impact on America’s foreign policy. A major focus of the new US administration will be to end Trump’s unilateralist approach and return to traditional multilateralism.

January 17, 2021

Rising tension between India and Pakistan makes South Asia unstable

South Asia remains one of the most combustible regions with the dawn of new year.  While the world is hit by the deadly coronavirus pandemic, there has not been any cessation in hostilities between India and Pakistan. There seems little hope of peace prevailing in South Asia in 2021.

January 02, 2021

Khadim Rizvi leaves a violent legacy in Pakistan

A firebrand cleric, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who was known for his vitriolic sermons, has died days after his organization had once again paralyzed the capital with anti-France demonstrations. 

November 21, 2020

Beginning of a new chapter between Kabul and Islamabad

With the start of intra-Afghan talk there is a visible improvement in Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan. The visit of Afghanistan's chief peace negotiator to Islamabad is seen as recognition by Kabul government of Pakistan’s pivotal role in the Afghan peace process.

October 01, 2020