The June issue of Horizon is in your hands, bringing you insightful articles and thought-provoking analyses. We are proud to present a detailed Budget 2023-24 overview, recently presented in parliament by Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. This people-friendly budget is a testament to the government’s commitment to the welfare of its citizens. Notably, no new taxes were imposed this year, demonstrating a conscious effort to avoid burdening the underprivileged.
Within these pages, we also revisit a significant moment in Pakistan’s history — the events leading up to 28 May 1998, when the country conducted nuclear tests in response to India’s nuclear tests and aggressive stance. During this critical period Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif displayed remarkable composure and steered the nation through severe economic sanctions. However, it is disheartening that while commemorating Youm-e-Takbeer this year, we must also condemn the 9 May rioting, where political party supporters attacked military installations and desecrated martyrs’ memorials. Nevertheless, the article highlights the unwavering leadership qualities of Nawaz Sharif, who remained dignified even in the face of adversity.
In a poignant tribute, Senator Dr Afnan Ullah Khan reminisces about his father, the late Mushahid Ullah Khan, and his invaluable contributions to democracy. This heartfelt account serves as a reminder that Mushahid Ullah Khan was a man of principles, towering above his contemporaries in his commitment to the democratic process.
Additionally, Rana Asadullah Khan’s article delves into the Supreme Court Practice and Procedure Act, 2023. By empowering a committee of senior judges to decide which cases to pursue in suo motu matters and granting the aggrieved party the right to appeal decisions in front of a larger bench, this law streamlines the court’s functioning. Previously, such cases were arbitrated by the same bench, leaving no room for further redress.
Lastly, we report on an important online meeting of PML-N leaders with its overseas chapters. It was an opportunity for the party’s leadership, including Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other prominent members, to directly engage with representatives from 31 chapters of the party across the globe. The meeting allowed the exchange of ideas, coordination of efforts, and reinforcement of the party’s stance among overseas Pakistanis. It served as a platform to address economic challenges, discuss strategies to counter opposition propaganda and garner support from overseas Pakistanis to defend the party’s interests and promote its narrative in Western countries.
As we conclude, we invite you to reflect upon the diverse perspectives and insightful content presented herein. Horizon remains dedicated to providing you with accurate, thought-provoking articles, and we eagerly anticipate bringing you more compelling stories in our upcoming editions.
Editor in Chief