By Henry Hullah, CNN
The first female foreign minister of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar's country and the region surrounding it has become entrenched in international condemnation as a stream of crimes committed against women are coming to light.
In particular, so-called "honor killings" are taking place on a large scale in Pakistan, with 869 committed in 2013 alone.
"I would say that the whole question of honor as being the protection of the men's honor as against the woman's life and the woman's honor," Khar says, "So the question of honor is actually the honor of the man."
"Therefore a lot of legislation is required."
While Khar emphasized that these crimes were not a "reflection of the Pakistani society," she did not shy away from the international accusations of a problematic mindset in many parts of her country and beyond.
"This certainly is a problem. If there wasn't a problem, we wouldn't have such, you know, crimes or incidents that we have witnessed. And we have - I was just across the border two days back. And I was myself overwhelmed by the number of news stories in India about rape victims and how they were being treated."
“In Pakistan, there's been a sea of change”
Strained relations between the countries has been the norm since 1947 when an Islamic Pakistan split from a Hindu India following the end of British rule.
There is an "age-old hostile enmity-based relationship," says Khar.
But the dawn of a new era in Indian politics led to the potential for change, with a historic handshake between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
No stranger to attempted peace talks between the two nations, the former foreign minister asserted that her party was instrumental in creating the meeting with Modi.
"I think we enabled him to do the right thing," Khar says. "The Pakistan People's Party, before they had even decided or when they were still, you know, considering whether to take the invitation or not, enabled him by saying that he must go."
But, party politics aside, Khar believes that Modi may be the first step towards a future harmony between the two nations.
"I believe he may as well want to be the first to write his name in history to be able to mend relations with Pakistan. Opportunity, therefore, is certainly there."