Hundreds of mostly Pakistani-Canadians came out to witness a historic inauguration of the Mohammad Ali Jinnah Park in Winnipeg last Sunday by Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada, Tariq Azim Khan.
The high commissioner credited the vibrant Pakistani-Canadian community in Manitoba for succeeding in naming of first ever Public Park in North American country to be named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
He paid glowing tributes to the great sacrifices rendered by their founding fathers to have a separate homeland for Muslims in the subcontinent.
The high commissioner, while appreciating the struggle of the Pakistani community, referred to the quote of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, “With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile you cannot achieve”.
He said that the community in Winnipeg is promoting and showcasing Pakistani culture and soft image through holding of cultural galas and they are acting as a bridge in promoting understanding between communities.
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 said on the occasion that she is very happy to work with the Pakistani community for the maintenance of the park and to make it worthwhile for the families to visit and hold cultural galas in the Park.
She announced preparing a cricket ground within the park area for holding of local cricket tournament. -CINEWS