Washington DC, 16 January 2023 (TDI): Pakistani Ambassador to the United States (US), Masood Khan was honored with the ‘Dr. Martin Luther King award.
He was honored for Diplomacy and International service in recognition of his leadership, commitment, and services.
The award was conferred upon the Ambassador at the 31st International Salute to the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. convened by the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority Medicine.
The coveted award was given to Masood Khan for diplomacy and international service in an impressive ceremony that was attended by more than 150 guests.
Ambassador Masood Khan thanked the IAMMM for being honored with the award and said, “It is an honor for me to be associated with the iconic figure of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his mission”.
He also paid a glowing tribute to the great leaders of the United States in his opening address. In addition, he said, the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continued to inspire World leaders, human rights activists, lawmakers, and defenders.
He also said that Dr. Martin’s struggle encouraged the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and helped to the demise of colonialism in the country.
Referring to the saying of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله_عليه وسلم), made fifteen centuries ago, that a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white – except by piety and good deeds, Ambassador Masood Khan said that the saying was so compellingly echoed in Dr. King’s declaration in 1963 that all people should be judged.
Furthermore, Ambassador Masood khan added that in the vision of ‘Great US leaders’, we should work and stand together to eradicate and combat poverty and climate change worldwide.
Senator Chris Hollen addressed the occasion of the award ceremony, and said, “It’s important for the US and other countries that had been primarily responsible for the release of carbon emission and climate change does their best to address the inequalities and harm imposed on countries who contribute very low”.
Ambassador Masood Khan responded and thanked Senator Chris Hollen that “Pakistan was striving to get recognition for climate justice, not just for Pakistan but for all vulnerable countries around the globe”.