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Arooj Bhatti

Arooj Bhatti

The writer is a journalist.

CM Sindh or Education Minister: Who is responsible for school desks scandal?

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is infamous for corruption scandals during its tenure. When in power, the PPP government faced several allegations of corruption, embezzlement, misuse of power and authority. The PPP-led Sindh government is now embroiled in another scandal

How will repeatedly closing schools impact Pakistan’s students?

Former Chief Minister of Balochistan Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani once stunned the nation when he said he believed that a ‘degree is a degree, whether genuine or fake. He made the remarks while answering a question here on Tuesday about the verification of

How tragic incident of 9/11 changed the world

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy in the United States. While the planes that crashed at the World Trade Center on September 11 claimed thousands of lives in the US, the flames of this fire started a

Objections on electronic voting machine, how will rigging be stopped?

Whether it is a local body election or a general election in Pakistan, the losing party never concedes defeat but instead justifies its defeat by accusing the winners of rigging. Thus, the use of the electronic voting machines has been

Misbah, Waqar Younis resign: is the future of Pakistan’s cricket in jeopardy?

National head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis have resigned from their posts, both of whom informed the PCB about their decision yesterday. Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis were appointed head coach and bowling coach of the national cricket team in

What are cantonment board elections?

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is set to hold local government elections in 42 cantonment boards across the country on September 12.  Here is everything you should know about cantonment board elections. What is a cantonment? A cantonment can

Will Syed Ali Geelani’s demise impact the Kashmiri freedom movement?

Veteran Hurriyat leader and the icon of the Kashmir freedom movement, Syed Ali Geelani, has passed away in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Syed Ali Geelani was a stalwart of the Kashmiris resistance against the atrocities by Indian forces. His

Minar-i-Pakistan assault case: Will Ayesha Akram get justice?

TikToker Ayesha Akram, who was harassed and assaulted by over 400 men at Minar-e-Pakistan on Independence Day, has identified six out of 104 suspects arrested by the Lahore police. The woman was taken to Camp Jail amid tight security. The

What happened to the ‘King of Comedy’ Umer Sharif?

A picture of Pakistani legend actor and comedian Umer Sharif sitting in a wheelchair has gone viral in which he looks unwell. According to various social media platforms, these pictures are of the hospital where the comedian is admitted in,

What’s next for Afghanistan after US withdrawal?  

After the last flight carrying United States forces departed Afghanistan, the country entered a new era as the 20-year war with the U.S. came to a close. There was celebratory fire across Kabul as the Taliban took control of the

Afghan evacuees in Pakistan: What will be the consequences?

The American mission in Afghanistan is coming to a chaotic and tragic end. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated after the Taliban swiftly returned to power, toppling the government in Kabul on Aug. 15. With the near completion

Concerns over census, will there be local body elections in Sindh?

The Sindh government has expressed reservations over the results of the census and apologized for holding local body elections in the province until the objections are resolved. In Sindh, the local government system came to an end in August last

65-year-old priest rapes minor girl in Lahore on independence day

LAHORE: In yet another incident, a 65-year-old priest escaped after raping a 7-year-old girl in Model Colony on independence day. The Father of the victim Shehzad Masih, a resident of Lahore Model Colony, told the police that on August 14,

Who will be the next PCB chairman?

The three-year contract of the current chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani is set to expire on August 24. Meanwhile, several reports have claimed that Pakistan’s former cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja will become the next PCB chief. Prime

What are the reasons for Pakistan’s dismal Olympics performance?

The 32nd Olympic Games ended with America winning. At the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the United States won 39 gold medals, while Pakistan did not win any medals in this world event. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem raised gave hopes of a

Coronavirus’ impact on education; is promoting students an only solution?

For the past year and a half, the coronavirus has been affecting education in Pakistan. Government and private schools, colleges, and universities in Punjab have also been restored after the holidays. However, on social media, students are once again demanding

Why was Aurat March in Faisalabad cancelled?

The Aurat March was launched across Pakistan to highlight the issues faced by women in the country. It called for more accountability for violence against women, support those who experience violence and harassment in public spaces, at home, and the

Firm determination of government; will PM succeed in getting Zahir Jaffer punished?

Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to bring justice in the case of Noor Muqadam, a 27-year old woman who was killed in Islamabad a day before Eid-ul-Azha, and said that the killer, whether rich or poor or a dual

How will restaurant and cinema workers survive during closure?

Days after reopening indoor dining at restaurants and cinemas after a prolonged closure of several months, the Sindh government once again took the drastic decision to close down. The Sindh government announced a series of measures taken to curb the

How effective are vaccines against the Delta variant?

The number of coronavirus cases are rising once again across the country. The spread is due to the presence of the Delta variant, a strain of the coronavirus first detected in India. There are at least 35 confirmed cases of

How long will the ban on TLP continue?

The federal government has decided to maintain the ban imposed on the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) earlier this year after the party’s workers staged three days of violent protests across the country. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, while addressing a post-cabinet press

Taliban continue conquering Afghanistan, where will Ashraf Ghani rule?

With the withdrawal of international troops, fears of a civil war in Afghanistan are making significant gains. The Afghan Taliban have launched attacks in the country and seized dozens of areas, while Afghan soldiers retreated over the border to save

How did Pakistan manage to effectively control COVID-19?

The renowned Economist magazine had ranked Pakistan at number three out of 50 countries that performed well in controlling the spread of COVID-19.  The report showed that Pakistan’s neighbours, India and China, were ranked 48 and 19 with scores of

Should Hum Style Awards be banned?

Strapless gowns, backless tops, plunging necklines and thigh-high slits were all people talked about on social media soon after photos from the 5th HUM Style Awards were out. Be it designer Ali Xeeshan’s outlandish ensemble, Fahd Hussain’s post-apocalyptic attire, or

Bilawal Bhutto vs Shah Mehmood: Who said what?

The National Assembly (NA) session on June 30 became heated after Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi engaged in a fiery debate. Bilawal Bhutto’s speech Bilawal Bhutto has requested Prime Minister Imran Khan

Has Shiffa Yousafzai won the moral battle against Asad Toor’s allegations?

Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed a petition and directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to conduct inquiry against journalist Asad Ali Toor for making personal attacks against female anchor Shiffa Yousafzai. Asad Toor, who was alleged done last month,

Miftah Ismail vs Hammad Azhar: Who is responsible for the energy crisis?

Two former finance ministers of Pakistan, PTI’s Hammad Azhar and PML-N’s Miftah Ismail, went head-to-head discussing Pakistan’s energy shortage, and the reasons for such shortage. The avoidable twin energy crisis is set to wreak havoc on economy as gas and

Fourth COVID wave: Is opening educational institutes the right decision?

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has suggested that schools and other educational institutions should go on summer break from July 18 onwards. A final decision on the matter will be taken by the Inter-Provincial Education Conference (IPEC), which

Is Pakistan’s economy growing?

Prime Minister Imran Khan had asserted that after facing various challenges, Pakistan’s economy is now stable and moving in the right direction and the country’s economy is growing with the passage of time. On the other hand, after the federal

Which national assets have been mortgaged in the past?

The Pakistan government will be mortgaging the country’s major airports and road network and issuing Sukuk bonds. Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced after a cabinet meeting has approved a summary to mortgage government assets for large-scale borrowing through issuance