KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stressed over the need for enacting a strong law to protect women and said that there is only wickedness and no honour in killing, wounding and maiming women. 

Addressing a ceremony in connection with launching of book “In Masked Honour” written by PPP leader and Member of National Assembly (MNA) Nafeesa in Karachi Arts Council on Wednesday, Bilawal Bhutto clarified that there was no honour in any crime. He said laws of forgiveness, when used by strong and wealthy, are not to become instruments of injustice.

The PPP chairman further said that equal rights necessitate equal treatment by the law.

Referring to the anti-honour killing and the anti-rape laws, Bilawal said that laws have been changed and formed, but it is a small step in the right direction.

He said, "It is a step in the right direction, but it still does not go far enough."

"It is up to my generation to find the solutions. The problem is we can’t do it alone. We know how dangerous and controversial such topic gets," added Bilawal.

He said that the PPP has not received justice for the murder of Benazir Bhutto, and questioned how people are to get justice for the crimes committed by violent men.

"We will make a commitment, that every girl and women is the future Benazir of Pakistan. We have to make sure what happened to Benazir Bhutto does not happen to any other girl or woman," said Bilawal.

"If we can’t protect the women, the mothers and sisters in our lives, who can we protect?"

He said if any one dares to harm our sisters (women of Pakistan), then we will take it as a challenge to our honour and we will not let them get away with it.

"We just do not have to change our laws, but also change our hearts and minds."

Bilawal added that the male members of the society need to know that such behaviour and attitude will not be tolerated, and such people will be treated as the pariahs that they are.

Earlier, a joint sitting of both houses of parliament passed two key pro-women bills that had been pending assent for a long time.

The Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) 2015 and the Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) 2015 were originally piloted by PPP legislator Sughra Imam and passed by the Senate in March 2015. However, since they were not taken up by the National Assembly in time, the bills lapsed.

Thereafter, the only way to secure their passage was in a joint sitting of parliament.

Although the bills remained in cold storage for quite some time, parliamentarians were jolted out of their lassitude when a number of horrific incidents of women-burning came to light in quick succession in June; Maria Sadaqat in Murree, Ambreen in Abbottabad and Nazia Hameed in Kasur. These were followed by the shocking honour-killing of social media personality Qandeel Baloch by her own brother.