By Atiya Riffat
Hundreds of people from across Canada joined the Pakistani community on Sunday in Winnipeg, Manitoba to witness the inauguration of Jinnah Park, named after Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Canada Tariq Azim Khan is set to inaugurate the Muhammad Ali Jinnah Park in Manitoba which is the first ever park to be named after Quaid-i-Azam.
The Pakistani dignitary has been invited by the government of Manitoba, as well as, the Pakistani diaspora in Winnipeg on May 12.
In his address, the high commissioner praised the spirited community of Pakistani-Canadian in Manitoba for successfully naming the first ever Public Park in North America after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Founder of Pakistan.
He said that this is the time for us to pay tribute to the great sacrifices of our founding fathers in order to achieve separate homeland for Muslims in the subcontinent.
He said that the community in Winnipeg through organising cultural galas is promoting Pakistani culture and soft image, “which is acting as a bridge in promoting understanding between communities”.
Community Leader Dr Rashid Bahri who led the campaign for Jinnah Park said that Jinnah is close to the heart of people of Pakistan and this park will act as a reminder for our future generations about the great leader.
Pakistani Students Association (PSA) Manitoba President Masroor Khan said today is a momentous and unforgettable day for Pakistanis in Canada and naming a park after Jinnah’s name reveals their sentiment and devotion towards the founding father.
Terry Duguid and Iqra Khalid, Members of Canadian Parliament, also addressed the ceremony and congratulated the Pakistani community in achieving this milestone.
City Councillor Janice Luke was delighted to work with the Pakistani community for the maintenance of the park and aims to make it worthwhile for the families to visit and holding cultural galas in the park. She announced that they are making a cricket ground within the area of the park for conducting local cricket tournaments.