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`Efforts in Pak to rename spot after Bhagat Singh heartening`

PTI | Last Updated: Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 23:48

New Delhi: It is "heartening" to see some liberal Pakistanis resisting opposition from "Hafiz Saeed and ilk" to rename the roundabout in Lahore where Bhagat Singh was hanged after the freedom fighter, Union minister Manish Tewari said on Sunday.

"Heartening-- liberals in Lahore fighting to rename the spot where Bhagat Singh was martyred in his honour resisting opposition from Hafiz Saeed and ilk!" Tewari said on his Twitter handle.

Some progressive Pakistanis- including members of the Awami Workers Party, trade unionists and journalists- have taken up the issue of renaming Fawara Chowk or Shadman Chowk in Central Lahore after Bhagat Singh.
Singh was hanged 82 years ago by the British along with Sukhdev and Rajguru for his revolutionary activities during the freedom struggle.
Reports state that while the Lahore administration was in agreement with this demand but Jamat-ud Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed and other extremists are vehemently opposed to the demand.

Saeed is the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack.

First Published: Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 23:48

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