In mid of the loud slogans and chants of “Pakistan Zindabad”, a portion of the busy avenue in Brooklyn of New York City, which was renamed after Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah has been officially opened at an extensive attended ceremony on Friday.
The decision of re-naming the Coney Island Avenue, where the Pakistani community is mostly present, was taken on the 26th of December, when the council of the New York city adopted a resolution to honour the founder of Pakistan.
The decision was the result of years hard work and discussions by the Pakistani community, especially the Pakistani-American Youth Organization (PAYO).
A city council member—Jumaane Williams who is from Brooklyn successfully piloted the resolution, revealed, with the aid of a string, the road sign reading “Muhammad Ali Jinnah Way”. Multi-colored confetti was also shot up to celebrate the occasion, while the Pakistani-Americans, who were carrying the flags of Pakistan started cheering and chanting slogans.
Naeem Iqbal Cheema—the Pakistani Consul General was a special guest at the event.
Williams said that it is an honour for him to serve the Pakistani community and to perform the inauguration of the renamed avenue.
He added that he is in full knowledge of the sufferings of the Pakistani community after the attacks of 9/11.
However, he added that via the efforts of the Pakistani community a point has reached where the New York City council gave a special honour to the father of their nation.
Consul general Cheema said that the decision of honoring the Quaid was an acknowledgment of the great lawyer, an outstanding political leader and an outstanding statesman whose iconic struggle resulted in the making of Pakistan.