Allama Iqbal Avenue was inaugurated in New York City’s Queens Borough. A road in New York City’s Queens Borough has been named after the national poet of Pakistan, Allama Iqbal, who imagined and then worked for a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent.
According to the media reports, with Pakistan’s Independence Day around the corner, Allama Iqbal Avenue was inaugurated at a well-attended ceremony in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, amid loud slogans of ‘Pakistan Zinda Bad’ by people waving the national flag.
The event was the culmination of extensive lobbying efforts by Pakistani-American community members over a lengthy period of time, with the American-Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG), a non-profit organization, playing a key role.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Speaker of the New York City Council Adrienne Adams said as we approach Pakistan Independence Day, he is honored to celebrate the co-naming of 109th Street and 101st Avenue as ‘Allama Iqbal Avenue’. He said Allama Iqbal’s work and vision led to the creation of Pakistan as an independent country.
On this occasion, Ali Rashid, Founder and President of American Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG), stated that the co-naming of the corner of 109th Street and 101st Avenue as ‘Allama Iqbal Avenue’ signifies a monumental success for Pakistani Americans in New York and across the country. He believes that this co-naming ceremony will foster more cultural understanding and serve to further intertwine our communities.
Masood Khan, the Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, commended Ali Rashid, President of the American Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG), on his leadership in having the avenue co-named ‘Allama Iqbal Avenue’ in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. He also praised Ali Rashid for his unwavering efforts to improve relations between Pakistan and the United States and raise awareness about Pakistan’s history and culture in the United States.