Islamabad: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Monday congratulated Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy on winning the first-ever Oscar award for Pakistan for her documentary "Saving Face".
The president in a message appreciated Obaid Chinoy`s efforts for highlighting the sensitive topic of acid attacks on women with utmost sensibility and creativity, Geo News reported.
"Saving Face", a 52-minute documentary, won the award for the best documentary (short) at the 84th Academy Awards Sunday.
Zardari said the country`s artists had all the potential to thrive and prove their skills in the field of arts and culture.
The president lauded her for bringing laurels to the country by excelling in film-making and sending a message to the world about Pakistan`s softer image.
Gilani announced a high civil award for Obaid Chinoy on winning the Oscar.
The prime minister in a message felicitated Obaid Chinoy on winning the first-ever Oscar for Pakistan, Geo News cited a Prime Minister House statement as saying.
Gilani appreciated her hard work and creativity to highlight the topic of acid attacks on women.
He said artists could act as a catalyst in bringing positive change in the society.