ISLAMABAD: Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy today called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, at the Prime Minister House.
Talking to Chinoy, the Prime Minister said, “Customs and practices like honour killings have nothing to do with the divine principles and theories of Islam.”
“The revolution brought by Islam in the world manifested through the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It was the most successful movement for change of social reforms which has altered the course of history for all times to come. It was Islam which first recognized the rights of women.”
The Prime Minister said, “honour killing is one of the most critical problems that Pakistan is currently facing 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, emancipation and in achieving the shared goal of a prosperous and vibrant Pakistan,” he added.
The Prime Minister said all concerned authorities have already been directed to plug loopholes in the existing laws through consultations with stakeholders, in order to eliminate honour killings from Pakistan.
“Social evils can be overcome through an effective partnership between the government and the civil society,” urged the Prime Minister.
He said the premiere of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness would be held at the Prime Minister’s Office on February 22.
Acknowledging Chinoy’s efforts, Nawaz Sharif 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 Prime Minister for supporting her endeavors to end honour killings in the country and revive the progressive image of Pakistan.
The filmmaker appreciated the role of Maryam Nawaz, who was also present in the meeting, in helping the government in achieving its goals set in the sector of education.
The meeting was also attended by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi.