Statue of Jinnah unveiled at York University

  • There’s a new face on campus, standing on the north side of the Curtis Lecture Hall on Campus Walk at York’s Keele campus – and he could be a world first for York. A sculpture of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan and the country’s first governor general, was unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 30, to commemorate the creation of a scholarship that bears his name.

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  • This is remarkable achievement from Pakistani students and society.

    A soft face of Pakistan.

  • Looks like you had amnesia qfarm, this news is 8 years old

    This news is not only old but it carries a tale of corruption. Ghalib Iqbal, who started it was a nepotist in hindsight, he did it so the cronies and their offsprings get free education without merit of any sort. The first scholarship was awarded to nobody else but his own cousin. Well I think it has exemplary resemblance to how Pakistan run with nepotism and corruption. His predecessor Iftikhar Arain left a wealth amassed through every penny saved, he plundered all the wealth on his cronies, buying mansion and through nepotism. This story was covered long time ago in yFile (York University publication), here are the links:‘world-first’/

    The interesting thing is who are recipients now, it can be seen from the following excerpt from the link :

    While Mushtaq is a second-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School , he has already benefited from the kind of life experiences that give him the authority to make such statements.

    Mushtaq is a former naval officer from Pakistan who once seized 35 tons of hashish abandoned by smugglers off his country’s coast. He’s also an engineering graduate from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and a former consultant in the private sector.

    “I have seen two societies in my life and Canada’s values are respectful of others and that is recognized in the world,” he says.


    Pakistan-born Alvina Rafi was the recipient of a $5,000 grant to attend York University for courses in fine arts. She received the grant from the Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People because she used art to help combat racial and sexual discrimination in her community.

    “All the work I’ve done has been because I was looking for more of a sense of community for myself,” she said. “I noticed there needed to be more space for queeer people of colour and artists. That’s who I am – I’m queeer and I definitely care about gender.”