NEW YORK: A sector of a busy avenue in Brooklyn, an area of New York City, has been named after Pakistan’s founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Pakistani-American Youth Organization (PAYO) announced Thursday.
Under a resolution adopted on Dec 26 – Quaid’s birthday – the New York City Council designated the part of Coney Island Avenue where the Pakistani-American community is concentrated as “Mohammad Ali Jinnah Way” an elated Waqil Ahmad, the PAYO President told press conference in Brooklyn.
The resolution, listed by Jumaane Williams, a city council member from Brooklyn, was adopted by a majority vote.
He said, “We are delighted over the council’s decision, which meets our long-standing demand.”
“It is a gift to the Pak-American community here as well as to the people of Pakistan.”
Wakil said that PAYO members had worked for years for an official recognition of the Pakistani community even though the area around Coney Island Avenue was casually known as “Little Pakistan.”
He said, “We are overjoyed that our efforts succeeded,” clarifying the complex procedures and demands involved and which the PAYO members completed.
Likewise, present at the press conference were other PAYO members Jawad Shabbir, Hamayun Riaz, Adeelk Rana and Zaigum Abbas. An official ceremony marking the inauguration of “Mohammad Ali Jinnah Way” is predictable to be held next month.