MUSLIM WOMEN ON THE FRONT LINES
"Two women -- one of them a veteran campaigner and the other a novice -- prayed beside men Friday in Washington's Islamic Center, the hub of America's Muslim community." Thus begins the latest story.
Iqbal Haider of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said there was nothing wrong with women and men participating together in races, and urged Islamic groups “to show flexibility.”
Hundreds of supporters from the Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, or United Action Forum, Islamic coalition threw stones last Sunday at men, women and children participating in a three-kilometer (1.9-mile) race in Gujranwala, an industrial city in eastern Punjab province.
“We condemn the attack on the participants of the road race in Gujranwala,” Haider told reporters in the southern city of Karachi.
The stoning injured 18 people and led to the arrest of 25 stone-throwers.
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