Photo Gallery Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan's Voice of Reason

He's a former revolutionary whose books on Afghanistan are required reading in the West's military academies. But Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan's most prominent public intellectual, is slowly losing his optimism that the Taliban can be defeated, as Islamist militants target his home city of Lahore.
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But Rashid is slowly losing his optimism that the Taliban can be defeated, as Islamist militants target his home city of Lahore. More than 90 people died in a double bombing of two mosques in late May. This photo shows an Islamic shrine in Lahore that was attacked on July 1, killing dozens of people.

Foto: Arif Ali/ AFP
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The scene of the shrine bombing (July 2 photo): Lahore is a place where open-mindedness has now come under attack.

Foto: AFP
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Soviet troops retreat from Afghanistan in 1989: Rashid happened to be in Kabul in 1979 when Soviet tanks invaded the country. His articles on the Soviet invasion proved to be his breakthrough.

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Rashid has become a highly influential commentator on Afghanistan and Pakistan. His books on Afghanistan are required reading in the West's military academies.

Foto: Virginia Mayo/ AP
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Rashid at home in Lahore (2001 photo). Rashid's book "Taliban" became a bestseller after the 9/11 attacks.

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