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Former Pakistani foreign minister: 'Pakistan is still beaten and bruised'

June 5th, 2014
02:20 PM ET

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."

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  1. Arnold

    Muslim terrorists!

    June 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • Yoda

      i am not a muslim. but generalizations are usually not correct.

      June 5, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Reply
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        June 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm |
  2. Larry M

    Where there are towel heads, there are honor killings. This woman is a towel head herself. Lose the towel, you towel heads.

    June 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  3. Yoda

    khar wont talk about india directed terrorists they harbor nor ready to believe their religion is violent extremist in nature

    June 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  4. I.Khan

    Violence against women is not new to her family. Her cousin, Bilal Khar, threw acid on the face of his wife, Fakhra Younus. Fakhra was so severely disfigured that she committed suicide. Hina Rabbani Khar has never ever criticized violence against women by the members of her own family. She has no credibility.

    June 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Siddiq

      This lady and her husband did not pay their textile mill's electricity bill. They embezzled at least 70 million rupees (US$750,000 as of June 2012). She is not honest. She represents the worst in Pakistan.

      June 5, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  5. I.Khan

    Yes, Pakistan is beaten and bruised because of people like her.

    June 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  6. chandran

    pakistanis are not real muslims because they are hindu converts. why I'm saying this, those people live near the river sindu
    are called sindu people and later it turnout to be hindu people. sindu=hindu. Both hindus and muslims are belongs to sindu civilsation(indus valley civilisation) arab invaders convert them to muslims some of them forcefully and some of them willingly convert themselves as muslims.

    June 6, 2014 at 2:26 am | Reply
  7. Indian

    what was the need of bringing Indian to topic of honor killings in Pakistan? Can someone explain?

    June 7, 2014 at 5:02 am | Reply
    • ivan

      As Chandran said Hindu=Sindu so we are interlinked.

      June 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Reply
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