ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that customs and practices like honour killings have nothing to do with the divine principles and theories of Islam. The premier said this while meeting Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad. “It was Islam which first recognized the rights of women,” PM Nawaz told Chinoy. “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. It altered the course of history for all time to come. It was Islam which first recognised the rights of women.” The premier went on to add that honour killings were one of the most critical problems in the country and the government is determined to adopt all possible ways to remove this stain from our society. “Women are the most essential part of our society and I believe in their empowerment, protection and emancipation of achieving the shared goal a prosperous and vibrant Pakistan,” PM Nawaz. During the meeting with Chinoy, the premier reaffirmed that all concerned authorities have already been directed to plug loopholes in existing laws in order to eliminate honour killings from Pakistan. “Social evils can be overcome through an effective partnership between the government and the civil society,” said the PM. 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."