A prominent Pakistani female politician went on Twitter on Friday to condemn the news that a religious women's school in the country's capital of Islamabad is renaming its library after Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack mastermind Osama bin Laden.
Sherry Rehman, who now leads the Jinnah Institute, a pro-democracy think-tank, was Pakistan's ambassador in Washington from 2011 to 2013 and served as information minister before that. She has been a popular target of Islamist extremists in Pakistan for her activism on behalf of democracy and women's rights.
Unbelievable! "Lal Masjid: Library named in honour of Bin Laden http://t.co/KEhvRGVJPK #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/G1NaZGnjUd"— sherryrehman (@sherryrehman) April 18, 2014
The school, Jamia Hafsa, is run by the controversial cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, imam for Islamabad's infamous Lal Masjid (Red Mosque), known for its links to radicals and the scene of a bloody confrontation between extremists and Pakistani troops in 2007.
Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign aid, so it’s disconcerting that this name change is taking place. However, it’s not surprising, given the leadership of the school.