NEW YORK: A section of street in Brooklyn, one of the boroughs of New York City, has been named after founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Pakistani-American Youth Organization (PAYO) said.
A resolution was adopted on December 26 by the New York City Council, designating a part of Brooklyn’s Coney Island Avenue where the Pakistani-American community is concentrated as “Mohammad Ali Jinnah Way”, President of PAYO Waqil Ahmad announced at a press conference.
The Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn is also called “Little Pakistan”–overall in New York city (all 5 boroughs) over 102,000 Pakistanis reside–largest in number in the US, according to Pew Research 2015.
The resolution tabled by Jumaane Williams, a city council member from Brooklyn borough, was adopted by a majority vote.
“We are delighted over the council’s decision which has met our long-standing demand,” he said. “It is a gift to the Pakistani-American community here as well as to the people of Pakistan.”
Wakil added PAYO members have worked for years for official recognition of the Pakistani community even though the area around Coney Island Avenue has been informally known as “Little Pakistan”.
“We are overjoyed that our efforts succeeded,” he said, explaining the complex procedures and demands involved and which the PAYO members completed.
An official ceremony marking the inauguration of “Mohammad Ali Jinnah Way” is expected to be held next month.