KARACHI, February 29: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party has congratulated Pakistani journalist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on winning the Oscar Award for the second time.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on Monday won the best documentary short award at the 88th Academy Awards for “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”, a film about a Pakistan woman who survived an honour-killing. In 2012, her documentary “Saving Face” bagged the same award.
While congratulating Sharmeen Obaid-Chenoy, PPP Chairman said she has very courageously raised the plight of women of Pakistan through her films and country was proud of her as one of its valiant and talented daughter.
He said that it was the mission of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto that Pakistani women may play their role not only on national but international level also and walk shoulder to shoulder with men. Sharmeen Obaid-Chenoy’s great success has proved that women of Pakistan are proudly on their way to accomplish the mission of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, he added.
He said that PPP is the only Party in the country which elected women to the Parliament through reserved seats with constitutional and legal protection and Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto previously gave the very concept of women representation in the 1973 Constitution. PPP even nominated the women on the general seats. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was the first elected woman Prime Minister while it was the PPP’s honor which elected the first Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, he stated.
He pointed out that PPP established First Women Bank, Women Police Stations and induction of women judges in high courts besides women on key posts in different sectors to play their leadership role without any discrimination.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that honor-killing was a curse for the society and asked the Nawaz Sharif government to show seriousness on the issue and take up immediately the piece of legislation against honor-killing crime moved by PPP in the Senate in February last year. The PPP, he said, shall continue struggle to pursue its mission for protection of women and their active role in different segments.