ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday, Radio Pakistan reported.

“Customs and practices like honour killings have nothing to do with the divine principles and theories of Islam”, PM told Chinoy. He said the revolution brought by Islam in the world manifested through the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the most successful movement for change of social reforms which has altered the course of history for all times to come.

PM Nawaz further said it was Islam which first recognized the rights of women. “Honour killings is a most critical issue and his government is determined to adopt all possible ways and means for removing this stain from our society”.

“Government believes in their empowerment, protection and emancipation for achieving the shared goal of a prosperous and vibrant Pakistan”, he said.

Acknowledging the efforts of Ms Chinoy, the Prime Minister wished Ms Chinoy success in the Academy Award for her film “A Girl in the River.”

Ms Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy said that she is proud that Pakistan has a Prime Minister who has taken a leading role to address the issue of honour killings in the country.

The filmmaker appreciated the role of Ms Maryam Nawaz in helping the government in achieving its goals set in the sector of education.

The premier of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, will be held at the Prime Minister’s Office on February 22, PM Nawaz announced after the meeting.