Foreign Coordination/Political Influence Operations
Date: October 27, 2003
Description: CAIR-Maryland Executive Director enlists the help of the Pakistani Ambassador in taking action against Bank of America.
H.E. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
2315 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
I hope and pray that this letter finds you and your family in the best of health and the highest level of Iman, Ameen. I also bring you greetings and congratulations on the blessed month of Ramadan.
I would like to bring your attention to an incident in which a Muslim sister was persistently discriminated by a major bank in the United States with branches in the Muslim world. The Muslim sister was subjugated to verbal abuse simply because of her religious belief and the hijab she observes.
Attached is an action alert that the Maryland Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Maryland) initiated. Obviously the response has been overwhelming and we have received emails, faxes, and phone calls not only from your Muslim constituents but also from Muslim in your homeland. Unfortunately, Bank of America refuses to acknowledge this problem. Their blatant refusal to meet with us to bring about an amicable settlement not only has angered the Muslims worldwide but also has implied their belligerence towards our beliefs.
I urge you at this time to write a strong letter to the CEO of Bank of America, Mr. Ken Lewis, demanding for a swift resolution. I would also request a copy of this letter to be sent to me. I would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to address this issue which is a concern to all Muslims. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call me at (REDACTED).
Seyed Rizwan Mowlana