Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday met Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy at the Prime Minister’s House.
“Customs and practices like honour killings have nothing to do with the divine principles and theories of Islam,” 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 PM 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,” Nawaz said.
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, Nawaz announced after the meeting.
Acknowledging Chinoy’s efforts, 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.