Ahmed Rashid

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Ahmed Rashid (b. 1948) is a world renowned Pakistani journalist and best-selling author. He was born in Rawalpindi in 1948 and was educated at Malvern College England, Government College Lahore and Cambridge University. He serves as the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Daily Telegraph, London. He also writes for the Wall Street Journal, The Nation (Pakistan), Lahore and academic journals. He appears regularly on international TV and radio such as CNN and BBC World.

Rashid's 2000 book, "Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia," was a New York Times bestseller for 5 weeks. It was translated into 22 languages and has sold more than 1 million copies since 9/11/2001. The book was also extensively used by American analysts in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. In 2003, Rashid wrote Jihad - the Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia, a book about Central Asia history and it´s islamic movements.

Ahmed Rashid lives in Lahore, Pakistan with his wife and two children. (Profile: Taimur Khan)

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