(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/25/06) – Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) attended a reception yesterday evening at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Washington, D.C., honoring human rights activist Mukhtaran Mai. Mai has gained international recognition as an advocate for women’s rights, education and human equality.
“It is inspiring to see how Mukhtaran Mai has triumphed over adversity to become a symbol for the empowerment of women worldwide,” said CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, who attended last night’s event.
Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affair Karen Hughes also attended the reception. Earlier in the day, Hughes hosted a conference call with American Muslim leaders, including a representative of CAIR, to discuss the latest audiotape issued by Osama Bin Laden.
CAIR Governmental Affairs Director Corey Saylor told Hughes the tape sought to exploit legitimate Muslim grievances and issues to further Bin Laden’s own twisted and un-Islamic agenda.