The Shadman Chowk should be renamed to honour Bhagat Singh, who was hanged in Lahore on March 23, said World Punjabi Congress (WPC) chairperson Fakhar Zaman in a press statement issued in Islamabad on Thursday.
The WPC, he said, has been trying to have a monument erected in Singh’s honour for the past 20 years. Zaman termed Singh as the “hero of Punjab” and urged the Punjab government to rename the chowk to Bhagat Singh Chowk or name a road after him.
Bhagat Singh, a revolutionary, along with two of his partners, was sentenced to death for conspiring to explode a bomb inside the Central Legislative Assembly of British India. He was hanged to death on March 23, 1931.
Zaman also denounced the new formalities that make it impossible for an ordinary man to get visa for India or Pakistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2012.