Buena PARK, CA (September 20, 2006) – Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf will be presenting the Sitar-i-Isaar (‘Star of Dedication’) Award to Islamic Relief and other aid groups for their relief efforts after last year’s devastating earthquake. The award ceremony will take place this Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The award represents President Musharraf’s acknowledgement of the tireless, hard work of Islamic Relief in Pakistan. President Musharraf has assured Islamic Relief that the government of Pakistan will always be a supportive partner of its efforts.

Islamic Relief is grateful for this honor and has been continuing its efforts to assist victims of last October’s earthquake. Islamic Relief’s Chairman of the Board, Dr. Mohamed Attawia, will be on hand to receive the award from President Musharraf.

The earthquake that struck the South Asian subcontinent last October has affected over 3 million people. Islamic Relief continues to operate long-term sustainable development projects to ensure that the millions who have been left homeless are not forgotten. Islamic Relief has collected over $30 million in aid (cash and in-kind) thus far, and its projects have benefited over 340,000 people.

Islamic Relief has established shelters, mobile health clinics, and water and sanitation facilities throughout the earthquake-affected areas. Approximately 1.7 million people have also benefited from Islamic Relief’s Road Re-Opening and Access Project, which cleared landslides to open roads for aid to be delivered to the affected areas.

Media professionals may contact Islamic Relief for interviews or further information.

WHAT:

Pakistani President gives prestigious humanitarian award for earthquake relief efforts

WHEN:

Thursday, September 21

2:30 pm

WHERE:

Embassy of Pakistan

3517 International Court, NW

Washington, D.C. 20008

Media Contact:

Naeem Muhammad

Islamic Relief

naeem@irw.org

(443) 857-6006 mobile

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