If you live in or frequent the area, you might know these things. Most of America, however, has no idea – but needs to know these things.
We’ve posted previously on Little Kabul (Queens) after the NYC subway plot. We also told you about Little Palestine (Bay Ridge, Brooklyn). Now, following the Times Square car bomb attempt, Brooklyn’s Little Pakistan is back in the headlines.
The Midwood section of Brooklyn —on Coney Island Avenue, between Avenue H and Newkirk Avenue—has been called “Little Pakistan” because of its many residents of Pakistani descent. The nickname “Little Pakistan” is cited in print from at least 1999. Source
Despite the incessant violence and jihad waged in Pakistan, Muslims of Little Pakistan are shocked that a Pakistani would do such a thing, via Little Pakistan Reacts to Arrest of Times Square Bomber:
As more information about the attempted car bombing in Times Square emerges the mood of the Little Pakistan neighborhood has changed from indifference to concern about their adopted country’s safety and how the community will be perceived.
The humid rain kept many of the residents of Little Pakistan on Coney Island Avenue inside on Monday morning. A few women wearing saris shuffled down the street pushing shopping carts. In an area community center a group of women wearing black burqas learned how to conjugate “to have” in English.
The few people that were on the streets said quick hellos and goodbyes.
No one was talking about the attempted car bombing in Times Square that was originally believed to have been a terror attack perpetrated by the Taliban in Pakistan.
“We don’t really read the paper,” said Little Pakistan resident Omar Farooq “It’s too upsetting. We are just business people that do our business.”
As community residents woke to hear the bomber was a naturalized United States citizen from Pakistan, many were in disbelief.
“The community is shocked,” said Asghar Choudhri, a local accountant and president of the Pakistani American Federation of New York. “I couldn’t believe a Pakistani could do this.”
Since at least the 1990’s, areas in central New Jersey (Woodbridge and New Brunswick in particular) have also been referred to as Little Pakistan due to the large numbers of Pakistani’s. Which brings us to our next quote, from the NY Daily News:
“We’ve got more publicity from this one failed bombing in New York than from more than 100 bombings in Afghanistan,” a high-ranking militant in the Afghan Taliban told Newsweek.
The extremist said there are many Westerners like 30-year-old Shahzad, a naturalized citizen from Pakistan, who send hundreds of e-mails seeking to join the jihadist group.
C-o-n-n-e-c-t t-h-e d-o-t-s.