Prime Minister of Pakistan: "There is no honour in honour killing"

Date: 23 February 2016

Prime Minster of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has re-affirmed the Government of Pakistan’s commitment to end discrimination and violence against women and girls, and to end the menace of honour killings prevalent in Pakistan.

His Excellency, the Prime Minister of Pakistan along with Ms. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy during the screening of her documentary. Photo: Press Information Department, Government of Pakistan
His Excellency, the Prime Minister of Pakistan along with Ms. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy during the screening of her documentary. Photo: Press Information Department, Government of Pakistan

Addressing Pakistan’s first screening of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s second Oscar nominated film, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, the Prime Minister of Pakistan said: “There is no honour in honour killing. In fact there can be nothing more brutal than engaging in killing and calling it honour.”

In tackling difficult and challenging themes, Ms. Obaid-Chinoy's second Oscar nomination has captured the personal attention of the Prime Minister of Pakistan with a pledge to build on the momentum from her documentary to take all appropriate steps to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women, and bring perpetrators to justice.

Speaking at the screening, Ms. Obaid-Chinoy said: “The message of this film is strong and democratically elected representatives are listening to the message of this film and acting on it, this is the biggest win for me.”

Read the full story on UN Women's regional website for Asia and the Pacific: http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/news-and-events/stories/2016/02/there-is-no-honour-in-honour-killing

Pakistan is among the 90 countries that have joined UN Women’s Step It Up initiative. At a Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment on 27 September 2015, Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif pledged to enact and implement “pro-women legislation, including the Criminal Law Amendment Act declaring honour killing a crime; Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Act; Women in Distress and Detention Fund Act; and so on.”