Standing up to its promise, the local council of New York has formally inaugurated the “Mohammad Ali Jinnah Way” in Brooklyn.
On December 25 – Quaid’s birthday – the New York City Council made a resolution to honor the founder of Pakistan.
The step to rename the Coney Island Avenue –where Pakistani community lives in significant numbers – as “Mohammad Ali Jinnah Way” was a result of years of hard work and lobbying by the Pakistan American Youth Organization (PAYO).
City council member Jumaane Williams, the man behind the success of this resolution, inaugurated the avenue -and a large number of Pakistanis turned in to make the moment memorable with loud chants of ‘Pakistan zindabad.’
Speaking on the occasion, Williams said it was an honor for him to inaugurate the renamed avenue.
He was aware of the hardships the community went through post 9/11 attacks, but their resilience has forced the city council to dedicate a busy street in Brooklyn to the father of their nation.
Waqil Ahmed, the president of PAYO, was also present on the occasion. He thanked Williams and other city council members for supporting their cause.
“It is a gift to the Pakistani-American community here as well as to the people of Pakistan,” he added.