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Pakistan Prime Minister pledges to restrain “honor killings” in the country


Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani premier has vowed to eliminate “honor killings” from the country.

According to details, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has shown determination that the heinous trend of honour killings will be completely eradicated from the country. Pakistani Premier said this while extending congratulations to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy as her another documentary film has been nominated for the Oscar Award.

In this regard, an official statement was issued by the Prime Minister’s office, Thursday January 14. In the official statement, PM was quoted saying “Honor killings, the theme of the film, afflict several segments of Pakistani society.”

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In keeping with the statement, PM Nawaz Sharif “expressed the government’s commitment to rid Pakistan of this evil by bringing in appropriate legislation,” and that Sharmeen Obaid’s “insights” will definitely prove helpful in tacking with this issue.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s documentary “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”, screens the story of an extraordinary female survivor who managed to escape honor killing. While reacting to appreciation and felicitation from the PM, Sharmeen Obaid tweeted that she was “delighted” that PM has expressed determination to eradicate this vile practice from Pakistan.

“Next step is to push all the politicians to call a joint session & get the anti honor crime bill passed that has lapsed in parliament. There is no Honor in Honor Killing- It is not part of our religion or culture- It is a stain on our society,” she said.

Facts and figures reveal that every year hundreds of girls are killed by their male family members on the pretext of defending “honour” of the family or community. Moreover, the perpetrators are not brought to justice and are oftentimes forgiven under the blood money law.