Pakistani community blames MP Bernier for vandalized sign at Jinnah Park

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Last week Quebec MP Maxime Bernier sent out a tweet lamenting the fate of Sir John MacDonald’s statue that was pulled down in Victoria, BC. He juxtaposed the example with the statue of Pakistan’s founding father Mohammed Ali Jinnah that was erected in a Winnipeg park not so long ago. “While a statue of our country’s founder is being removed in one city, a park was recently named after Pakistan’s founder in another” – apparently inspired some racists to saw off part of a sign in a city park that is named after Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

In an alleged reaction to that tweet, the sign at Winnipeg’s Jinnah Park was sawed off.

The Pakistani community in that city is upset and blames Bernier’s tweet for what followed.

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Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Canada, Tariq Azim Khan, inaugurated the park last May.

Conservative Senator Salma Ataullahjan, a Pakistani-Canadian, told a media outlet Bernier’s tweet was an attempt to divide Canadians of Pakistani origin from other Canadians.

She added: “A lot of (Pakistani-Canadians) supported his leadership bid and instead of wishing them well on Pakistan Independence Day he tweets this out … He’s just poking us in the eye for no reason.”

While critics of Sir John Macdonald insist that his policies contributed to the death and destruction of Indigenous culture and people, critics of Jinnah also argue that the Pakistan founder’s insistence on a separate country for the sub-continent’s Muslims was responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands who were subsequently killed. -CINEWS

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