Monday, November 26, 2012

Civil society praises govt for renaming squares after heroes from history

Civil society organisations have praised the City District Government Lahore for renaming different streets and squares in the city after renowned personalities of history.

Civil society organisations, which met under Abdullah Malik, said renaming Fawara Chowk in Shadman after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh was a positive step.

They said Bhagat Singh had struggled hard to safeguard human rights, adding that citizens had equal rights in Pakistan and the state was responsible to protect them.

“Bhagat Singh’s fight for freedom was free of any discrimination of race, religion and sect. His struggle aimed at liberating people of the region,” said participants of the meeting.

They said they were against all those elements which discriminate against freedom heroes on the basis of their religion.

“An enlightened society calls for giving equal rights to citizens and we are, therefore, against all sorts of reactionary movements,” they said.

Abdullah Malik said they would move court to seek justice.

Salman Abid, Mumtaz Mughal, Iftikhar Butt, Amna, Idrees, Akmal Awais and representatives of Bhagat Singh Foundation, Arman Welfare Foundation, Policy Dialogue Forum, HRCP, Aurat Foundation, Sangat Foundation and Tanzeemul Fajr attended the session. pr

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