Bush congratulates Askari

January 30, 2008

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January 29, 2008 — WASHINGTON  The most famous Bangladeshi-American, Khwaja Hassan Askari was honoured during President Bush’s State of the Union address to Congress on Monday.

“I never thought in my life that I would be able to meet the president. It was a good speech,” said subway hero Hassan Askari, 20, who fended off a pack of thugs attacking four fellow commuters for wishing them a “Happy Hanukkah.”

 Bush told Askari that he was familiar with his story and congratulated him for his selfless act.Than Askari took an autograph of the president.  

Earlier Askari made a whirlwind trip to the nation’s capital, the latest in a series of honors he’s received since the Dec. 7 “peace train” encounter.  Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley gave the US-born, Bangladesh-raised Askari his only guest ticket and flew him down to DC.  

It is to be noted that invitation to The State of the Union is a rare gesture and is the first time for any Bangladeshi-American.

To read in Bengali please click the link below:

http://www.prothom-alo.com/index.news.details.php?nid=MTM2OTc= 

Edited by Anas Khwaja

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