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Rizwan Khan promoted to Tellabs executive VP

Naperville, IL -Telecommunications equipement manufacturer Tellabs has  promoted Rizwan Khan, 42, previously vice president of global marketing, to executive vice president of global marketing. Khan will be responsible for Tellabs marketing, communications, corporate competitive intelligence and business development.
Khan will report to Rob Pullen, Tellabs chief executive officer and president.

“Rizwan brings a comprehensive understanding of Tellabs products, strategy and industry to his new position,” Pullen said. “He is the right person to lead our efforts to communicate Tellabs products, solutions and overall story.”

Khan has more than 20 years of telecommunications industry experience, including 7 years at Tellabs. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan.

Manalapan Planning Board approves mosque plans

MANALAPAN, NJ–The Planning Board of Manalapan township has approved the plans of the Ahlè Baith Foundation to construct a two storey, 26,000 square foot mosque. The mosque when ready will be the only Islamic house of worship in the township reports the Asbury Park Press.

The proposed mosque of the Shia community will be built on eight acres on a former farm. About 125 families are expected to attend the mosque.

Gerald Sonnenblick, attorney for the applicant, said the project would include 156 parking spaces. But he said he expected no more than 50 cars on the roads from the building, except for on high holidays such as Ramadan, when about 100 cars might travel to and from the site.

Pakistani American doctors award former CJ

NEW YORK, NY–The Pakistani-American Physicians and Doctors for Democracy and Justice Inc (PAPDDJ) has bestowed an award on deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in recognition of his services for the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution in Pakistan.

Doctors for Democracy leader Dr Majeed Chaudhry, Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America President Dr Mehmood Alam and Sialkot Bar Association President, while addressing the ceremony, paid tributes to Justice Iftikhar on his struggle for independence of judiciary in the country.

They said the deposed CJP was removed from his office because he refused to submit to the oppressor, and instead he continued to help the poor.

CJP spokesman Athar Minallah rejected the impression that lawyers movement had weakened. Allegations were being levelled against the deposed CJP that he was doing politics, added.

The PAPDDJ hosted a dinner in honour of the deposed CJP. The dinner was organised by Pakistani-American Doctors who had come from different parts of the US. Dr Majeed paid tributes to the CJP and condemned the forces which were trying to malign the lawyers movement. On behalf of PAPDDJ he presented the “Award of Courage” to the CJP. The citation on the award is as follows:

“Presented to the Honourable Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Chief Justice of Pakistan, for his unprecedented courage and stand for the cause of justice and the rule of law.”

Two Muslims among American Rhodes Scholars

WASHINGTON D.C.– At least two Muslim Americans are among the list of this year`s thirty two American Rhodes Scholars.

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

Aisha I. Saad, Cary, is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majors in environmental health science and Spanish. A native of Cairo, she emigrated to the United States when she was six. Passionately committed to international environmental law and health sciences, she has published articles in two major medical and health care journals,and interned in the blood diseases ward at Cairo University’s teaching hospitals and with the Peruvian Ministry of Health. Aisha has also been a leader of the Muslim Students`Association and has spearheaded important inter-faith dialogues. She plans to do the M.Sc. in nature, society and environmental policy at Oxford.

Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed, Ann Arbor, completed a joint degree in biology and political science in 2007 at the University of Michigan before entering a joint M.D./Ph.D. program in medicine and public health, also at the University of Michigan. A starting varsity lacrosse player and junior member of Phi Beta Kappa, he has won many academic awards in college and in medical school, has published in scientific journals, and was a leader in several students organizations. He also served as vice president of the Michigan Muslim Students’ Association and Head Counselor of the Michigan Muslim Youth council. Abdul intends to do the M.Sc. in global health science at Oxford.

More detailed profiles of the two scholars will be published in the next issue of the Muslim Observer.


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