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



A year Pakistan would rather forget

It has not been the best of times for Pakistan as it lurched from one crisis to another in 2017, and it faces an uncertain political future.

December 24, 2017

Bad marriage but no breakup

There is no indication yet of any improvement in troubled US-Pakistani relations, despite high-level engagement in the past months. Like in the past, the carrot-and-stick policy being pursued by the Trump administration has failed to break the ice.

December 04, 2017

Winter may be coming for Nawaz Sharif

The “game of thrones” being played out on Pakistan’s political stage is becoming more thrilling with each episode. The noose is tightening around the ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, as he and his children have been indicted on a litany of corruption and money-laundering charges. 

November 21, 2017