Greetings, and welcome to the November issue of Horizon. We are pleased to report the return of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to Pakistan, a homecoming marked by a warm reception from his supporters and the public at large. In this edition, we delve into the significance of Mian Nawaz Sharif’s return, viewing it as an opportunity to rectify the injustices he faced upon his removal from office in 2017.
The clouds of uncertainty surrounding upcoming elections have begun to dissipate since Mian Nawaz Sharif’s return. The Election Commission has officially scheduled the next elections for 8 February 2024. This announcement has spurred political parties into full-fledged campaign mode, with the PML-N actively formulating a comprehensive policy package for voters to consider in the 2024 elections. An article within this magazine details the meticulous process of preparing the party’s manifesto.
As we approach the elections, it is pertinent to reflect on the notable accomplishments of the PML-N during its tenure. Among these achievements stands the establishment of a world-class forensic science agency in Punjab, operational since 2011. This agency has significantly transformed the landscape of investigations and prosecutions in Punjab, serving as a pivotal resource for crime investigations nationwide.
In a significant legal development, the Supreme Court recently rendered a crucial verdict by upholding the Supreme Court Practice and Procedure Act 2023. The court’s affirmation of the law’s constitutionality serves to underscore and uphold the legislative competence of Parliament. The implications of an alternate decision could have undermined the delicate balance of powers within the trichotomy. A detailed article within these pages expounds on this legal development.
While we celebrate the return of our leader, our hearts are heavy with concern for our Palestinian brothers and sisters enduring grievous atrocities at the hands of Israel and its supporters. In solidarity with Palestine, we unequivocally call for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire, transcending a mere humanitarian pause for hostage exchange. The ceasefire should pave the way for an end to the occupation of Palestine and the pursuit of a two-state solution.