'A Girl in the River' Screening: PM Remarks 'No Honor in Honor Killing'

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Monday, 22 February 2016 17:31

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that there is no honour in honour killing so government will take all the necessary steps to eliminate all kinds of discrimination against women.

PM Nawaz said this while addressing a function in connection with the screening of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s documentary “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” at the Prime Minister Office on Monday.

He said men and women enjoy equal rights in Islam and the government has laid special focus on the protection of women rights and empowering them in the Vision 2015.

The prime minister said civil society, religious scholars, and media condemned crimes against women in the name of honour.

He said that killing in the name of honour is wrong and relevant legislation will be done to check inhumane practice.

Pakistan has representation of women in all walks of life and they are even lawmakers, the premier added. PM Nawaz also commended the Oscar-winning filmmaker for her remarkable success.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy said, “Speaking the truth is difficult in Pakistan but the courage given by my father enabled me to take the initiative.” Sharmeen said that her father stood with her towards her ambition and she was happy that the film was being screened in Pakistan.

The documentary follows the story of an 18-year-old girl, a rare survivor of an honour killing attempt, who falls in love and lives to tell the tale. Previously, Chinoy’s work ‘Saving Face’ bagged the Oscars for Pakistan for the first time.

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