Punjab offers to bear expenses on Bhagat Singh memorial in Pakistan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2016 15:52 IST
Shaheed Bhagat Singh (HT File Photo)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Sunday that he will go all out to support the Pakistan-based Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation (BSMF) striving to convert the house where the freedom fighter was born into a world-class memorial. Bhagat Singh was born at Banga in Pakistan’s Faisalabad district.

A spokesperson said BSMF chairman Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, who led a delegation that met the chief minister here, was assured by Badal that his government will bear all expenses incurred on purchasing Bhagat Singh’s house and developing it as a finest monument to perpetuate his legacy.

Badal told Qureshi that the move will prove to be a “milestone in sensitising our youth” with the ideology of the iconic freedom fighter revered both in India and Pakistan, the spokesperson added.

Qureshi thanked Badal and saying his gesture will strengthen the bond between the people of both the countries. He informed the chief minister that BSMF had already succeeded in getting Shadman Chowk in Lahore renamed as Bhagat Singh Chowk.

Plea to reopen trial

Pakistan-based Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation has filed a writ petition in Lahore high court seeking to reopen the trial of Bhagat Singh to bring facts, which led to his execution along with Rajguru and Sukhdev in Lahore jail in 1931, to the fore.

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