In the run-up to Pakistan’s Independence Day, an avenue in New York City has been co-named “Allama Iqbal Avenue”.
The honor recognizes Allama Iqbal, an international icon and symbolic figure of Pakistani nationhood, who was instrumental in envisioning a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent — a dream that was realized in 1947.
Ambassador Masood Khan lauded the development, extending his congratulations to Ali Rashid, the President of the American-Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG), for his leadership in this initiative.
“Naming an avenue after our national poet in such a globally renowned city not only cements Pak-US ties but is also a source of pride for the Pakistani diaspora across the United States,” Khan said.
Adrienne Adams, Speaker of the New York City Council, expressed her honor at celebrating the co-naming of the avenue as “Allama Iqbal Avenue” as Pakistan’s Independence Day approaches. She paid tribute to Iqbal’s work and vision that led to the creation of Pakistan and recognized the vibrant Pakistani community’s contributions to the cultural fabric of New York City.