As we draw the curtains on this year, a momentous chapter concludes for Mian Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and indeed the nation itself. After enduring seven arduous years, justice has finally prevailed, with Mr Sharif acquitted of corruption charges found to lack merit. His profound faith in Allah sustained him during a period marked by gross injustice that compelled him to vacate the highest governmental office and led to his incarceration. This transgression was not merely against an individual; rather, it amounted to an affront against the entire nation, wherein an elected leader was unjustly removed through what can only be described as a judicial coup, trampling upon the will of the people.
As the year draws to a close, it is serendipitous that Mian Nawaz Sharif can celebrate his birthday on the 25th of December with peace of mind unburdened by the label of corruption unjustly affixed to his name. The Horizon team extends heartfelt congratulations to him for his triumph over injustice and for commemorating his birthday, coincidentally shared with the birthday of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. We are reminded of Jinnah’s message of steadfastness and political struggle, principles that should resonate in our collective memory.
In the wake of Mian Nawaz Sharif’s return, the PML-N is reinvigorated, gearing up for the forthcoming general elections with renewed determination. Mr Sharif has engaged in crucial discussions with political allies to reestablish contacts and explore potential alliances. Internally, the party’s manifesto has been meticulously crafted, and the parliamentary board has convened numerous times to select PML-N candidates for various constituencies.
In parallel, the Supreme Court’s directive to the Election Commission to promptly issue the election schedule for the 8th of February, 2024 is a welcome assurance, ending speculations. These developments augur well for democracy, offering a glimmer of hope to a populace long deprived of its true electoral mandate.
As the year draws to a close, let us take a moment for collective reflection on the nation’s past and cast our gaze towards the future with optimism. In the spirit of inclusivity, we extend warm wishes to our Christian brothers and sisters, hoping they experience the joy and warmth of the festive season during their celebrations and wish them a Merry Christmas.