PM Nawaz meets Sharmeen Obaid, vows to remove 'stain' of honour killings from Pakistan

Published: February 15, 2016
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Premiere of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's documentary on honour killings to be held at the PM's Office on February 22. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Premiere of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's documentary on honour killings to be held at the PM's Office on February 22. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday met Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad.

“Customs and practices like honour killings have nothing to do with the divine principles and theories of Islam,” PM Nawaz told Chinoy.

“The revolution brought by Islam in the world manifested through the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the most successful movement for change of social reforms. It altered the course of history for all time to come. It was Islam which first recognised the rights of women.”

The premier went on to add that honour killings were one of the most critical problems in the country and the government is determined to adopt all possible ways to remove this stain from our society.

“Women are the most essential part of our society and I believe in their empowerment, protection and emancipation of achieving the shared goal a prosperous and vibrant Pakistan,” PM Nawaz.

During the meeting with Chinoy, the premier reaffirmed that all concerned authorities have already been directed to plug loopholes in existing laws in order to eliminate honour killings from Pakistan.

“Social evils can be overcome through an effective partnership between the government and the civil society,” said the PM.

The premiere of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, will be held at the Prime Minister’s Office on February 22, PM Nawaz announced after the meeting.

Further, acknowledging Chinoy’s efforts, PM Nawaz wished her success for her film, which was nominated in the 88th Academy Awards.

Expressing gratitude, Chinoy said, “I am proud that Pakistan has a prime minister who has taken a leading role to address the issue of honour killings in the country.”

She also thanked the premier for supporting her endeavours to end honour killings in the country and revive the progressive image of Pakistan.

The filmmaker appreciated the role of Maryam Nawaz in helping the government in achieving its goals set in the sector of education. The meeting was also attended by Maryam Nawaz Sharif and SAPM Tariq Fatemi.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Prada
    Feb 15, 2016 - 4:07PM

    It is not just in Pakistan. Northern India is pretty much the same. Perhaps, not so much in the South although an occasional one might pop up from time to time. Recommend

  • Rahul
    Feb 15, 2016 - 4:48PM

    Nawaz Sharif vows a lot, but wows not.Recommend

  • Farru
    Feb 15, 2016 - 5:12PM

    Good. But doing something for all these social evils. Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Feb 15, 2016 - 9:11PM

    @Rahul:
    Pakistan is predicted to grow 5% this year and its tax revenue predicted to increase by 16% to 20%. If it continues to do so for another 1 or 2 years we will come into the “tiger” economy group.Recommend

  • Aik_Paki
    Feb 16, 2016 - 2:24AM

    @Shuaib:
    Continue dreaming as with the past and present corrupt rulers nothing will happen. We have been observing the same stuff for the last 25 years.Recommend

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