Govt plug­ging loop­holes in laws to end hon­our killings: PM

The Pak Banker - - FRONT PAGE -

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif Mon­day said the govern­ment was plug­ging loop­holes in ex­ist­ing laws to end hon­our killings in the coun­try.

He was talk­ing to renowned so­cial ac­tivist and film­maker Ms. Sharmeen Obaid Chi­noy who called on him here at the PM House.

"So­cial evils can be over­come through an ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship be­tween the govern­ment and the civil so­ci­ety," the Prime Min­is­ter told Ms. Sharmeen Obaid Chi­noy.Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif termed hon­our killings as a crit­i­cal is­sue and said his govern­ment was de­ter­mined to adopt all mea­sures to "re­move this stain from the so­ci­ety."

"Women are the most es­sen­tial el­e­ment of our so­ci­ety and I be­lieve in their em­pow­er­ment, pro­tec­tion and eman­ci­pa­tion for a pros­per­ous and vi­brant Pak­istan," the Prime Min­is­ter said.

Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif said the cus­toms and prac­tices like hon­our killings, have noth­ing to do with the di­vine prin­ci­ples of Is­lam. He said it was Is­lam which first recog­nised the rights of women. He said the so­cial re­forms brought in by Is­lam, al­tered the course of his­tory for all times to come.

The Prime Min­is­ter said loop­holes in the ex­ist­ing laws would be plugged in con­sul­ta­tion with the stake­hold­ers. The Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced that the pre­miere of Ms. 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 22nd Fe­bru­ary, a state­ment from the PM House said. The Prime Min­is­ter wished Ms Chi­noy suc­cess in the Academy Award for her film. Ms. Chi­noy said she was proud that the Prime Min­is­ter has taken a lead­ing role to ad­dress the is­sue of hon­our killing in the coun­try.

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