Pakistan Appoints A Woman As New Ambassador to United States

Posted by on Nov 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

On the surface this appears to be a very interesting choice to be the new Pakistani envoy to the United States.

Human rights activists lauded Rehman’s appointment. As a member of parliament, she has backed several women’s rights bills. Early this year, she became a target of militant Islamists after championing changes to Pakistan’s strict anti-blasphemy laws. Two other senior ruling-party figures were assassinated by extremists after espousing similar views.

Rehman served as Pakistan’s federal information minister from 2008 to 2009, when she resigned in protest over government curbs on television stations whose coverage had been critical of the Zardari administration.

Rehman, a graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts, heads a think tank called the Jinnah Institute, which promotes progressivism and dialogue with India, Pakistan’s arch-foe.

Yes, she has been targeted by the hardline fanatical Islamists, but of course that could merely by virtue of the fact that she is a woman and we know how much women scare the beejeebus out of these holy warriors.

I keep trying to remember. Wasn’t there a First Lady one time who advocated for woman’s rights in Islamic countries?

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