Renaming roundabout after Bhagat Singh

Pak puts plan on hold

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

Lahore, Oct 31: Giving in to the pressure from hardline groups like the Jamaat-ud-Dawah and a section of local residents, a move to rename a roundabout here in Pakistan after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh has been put on hold.
 The City District Government of Lahore had announced last month that Shadman Chowk would be renamed Bhagat Singh Chowk to acknowledge his revolutionary spirit and his role in the movement against the erstwhile British rulers of the subcontinent.
 District administration chief Noorul Amin Mengal, who made the decision to rename the roundabout, came down hard on officials of his department for not placing a board inscribed with "Bhagat Singh Chowk" at the spot.
 However, authorities have still not placed the board at the roundabout and officials today said that the move to rename Shadman Chowk had been put on hold.
 "We received a strongly worded letter from the JuD that warned us not to rename Shadman Chowk after a Hindu freedom fighter. Besides, we also got a negative response from some individuals," an official of the City District Government told PTI.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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