Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that customs and practices like honour killing had nothing to do with the divine principles and theories of Islam.
In a meeting with renowned social activist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy here, the Prime Minister said the revolution brought by Islam in the world manifested through the life of Prophet Mohammed 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,” he added.
Prime Minister Sharif said honour killing is the most critical issue and his government is determined to adopt all possible ways and means for removing this stain.
“Women are the most essential part of our society and I believe in their empowerment, protection and emancipation for achieving the shared goal of a prosperous and vibrant Pakistan,” added the Prime Minister.
He said that efforts are being made to fulfill the loopholes, taking into consideration the views of the stakeholders, in order to eliminate the menace of honour killing from Pakistan.
“Social evils can be overcome through an effective partnership between the government and the civil society,” urged Sharif.
The Prime Minister announced that the premiere of Chinoy’s documentary nominated for the 88th Academy Awards “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” will be held at the Prime Minister’s Office on February 22.
Acknowledging the efforts of Chinoy, the Prime Minister wished her success in the Academy Award for her film. Chinoy said she was proud that Pakistan had a Prime Minister who has taken a leading role to address the issue of honour killing in the country.
She also thanked the premier for supporting her endeavours to end honour killing in the country and revive the progressive image of Pakistan....