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Pak names roads in Quetta after Lajpat Rai

Pakistan has named two roads after Lala Lajpat Rai, one in Quetta and one in Hyderabad, recognising his role in the freedom struggle.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2004 15:09 IST

Pakistan has named two roads after Lala Lajpat Rai, one of the leading lights of the freedom struggle the subcontinent waged against British colonial rule.

It is for the first time since partition that Pakistan has named a road after a leader seen primarily as Indian.

The Quetta Municipal Corporation named one of the roads of the town after Lala Lajpat Rai on Lalaji's 75 martyrdom day on November 18. The Hyderabad Sind Municipal Corporation named one of its main roads after Lalaji.

This was stated in Moga on Tuesday by Satya Pal, Secretary Servant of People Society of India and also secretary Lala Lajpat Rai Birth Place Memorial Committee (Dhudike) who had just returned after visiting Lahore, Karachi and Hyderabad Sind.

Satya Pal said that the people of both the towns whom he met them during his visit felt indebtedto Lala Lajpat Rai in recognition of his service to humanity and also for establishingArya Samaj there, especially in the service of Earth Quake Disaster.

Satya Pal opined that these steps taken by the Pakistan government will further generate goodwill and friendship among the people of both the countries.

First Published: Dec 31, 2003 00:42 IST