Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-American, will lead the US’s largest religious freedom organization

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has nominated Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-American lawyer, as its new chairman. According to a White House statement, President Biden revealed his intention to pick Khizr Khan for the critical position.

According to the statement, Khan commits a significant amount of his time to provide legal services to veterans, men and women serving in uniform, and their families, underscoring the President’s desire to construct an administration that looks like America and reflects people of all faiths.

Khan and his wife, Ghazala, gave one of the most famous speeches in 2016, questioning if former US President Donald Trump had ever read the Constitution. He then took a pocket-sized copy of Trump’s speech from his suit jacket and claimed that Trump had “sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Gujranwala-born Khan immigrated to the United States in 1980. Humayun, his son and a former captain in the US army, was murdered in Iraq in 2004. He was also awarded the highest military honours for courage. He received his LL.M degree from Harvard Law School after coming to the United States in 1980.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has announced his intention to appoint Rashad Hussain of the National Security Council as ambassador-at-large for worldwide religious freedom and Deborah Lipstadt as a special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism.

In addition, Biden chose New York City Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum to serve on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom with Khan.

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