Hamid Mir


Global Opinions contributing columnist

Hamid Mir is a contributing columnist for the Global Opinions section focused on Pakistani politics and geopolitical issues in the region. Mir joined The Washington Post's Global Opinions section in 2021 as a contributor covering Pakistani Politics and geopolitical issues in the region. Beyond his work in Pakistan, Mir has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Kashmir, among others. He was the only journalist to have interviewed Osama bin Laden after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He has written for various Pakistani publications and hosted a talk show on GEO TV, a natio
Latest from Hamid Mir

Pakistan’s judges need to stop getting involved in politics

Pakistan's latest scandal is not about a person. It’s about institutions.

November 24, 2021

Imran Khan needs to build bridges with his political opposition, not with violent groups

If the Pakistani prime minister is willing to accommodate lawbreakers, then he is inviting economic sanctions and troubles for his people.

November 15, 2021

Too many journalists are dying on the job. The People’s Tribunal is about to name and shame the killers.

An international event aims to strike a blow against the culture of official impunity.

October 26, 2021

The Nobel Prize reminds us that many democracies are falling behind on press freedom

The threats to freedom of expression are growing — and not only in dictatorships.

October 14, 2021

A flood of drugs from Afghanistan may become a bigger threat than terrorism

The new government in Kabul has little incentive to slow down the trade

October 5, 2021

Me reuní con Osama bin Laden tres veces. Lamento decir que su historia no ha terminado.

Quizás los estadounidenses pueden tener algo de consuelo en el hecho de que lograron vengarse de Osama bin Laden cuando lo mataron, tras los ataques del 11 de septiembre. Pero el panorama general es menos reconfortante.

September 12, 2021

I met Osama bin Laden three times. I’m sorry to say his story isn’t over.

Did the United States learn the right lessons from the war on terror?

September 10, 2021

The Pakistani media faces a new crackdown

These are dark days for democracy

August 23, 2021

Now even cricket is getting caught up in the Indo-Pakistani conflict over Kashmir

Geopolitics in South Asia is once again infecting sports.

August 3, 2021

The Taliban is playing a double game

Suspicion and mistrust remain the biggest obstacles to peace in Afghanistan.

July 28, 2021