LAHORE - To remember the great revolutionary of subcontinent and hero of independence freedom movement Bhagat Singh on his 106th birthday, a number of functions were held in the provincial metropolis on Saturday.
Bhagat Singh Action Committee held a function at Shadman Chowk where the great hero was hanged. On the occasion, people from various political parties including Awami Workers’ Party and Pakistan People’s Party beside a good number of civil society activists and youth were present.
Farooq Tariq of Awami Workers’ Party, Rana Aslam, Yousaf Baloch, Deep Saeeda, Baba Najmi, Amjad Salim, Arif Mahi Abdur Rahman, Sher Ali Haidar, Maham and others cut the birthday cake of Bhagat Singh. People enjoyed the drum beat while singers performed on the life and struggle of great revolutionary. The youth were chanting slogans like Comrade Bhagat Sindh Zida Bad while others had placards and banners inscribed with revolutionary slogans. On the occasion, the speakers talked about life and struggle of the inspirational hero. They demanded of the government to name Shadman Chowk after Bhagat Singh. They also appealed religious parties not to create hurdle in this regard as Bhagat Singh was not being celebrated as a Sikh but a revolutionary character.
Meanwhile, Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation celebrated of the 106th birthday of Bhagat Singh at Lahore High Court.
Foundation members Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, Syed Hasan Ayub Naqbi, Syed Abbas Shah, Maulana Muhammad Abbas, Muhammad Anwar Pirzada and others cut the cake.
They demanded the government to incorporate a lesson in the curriculum on Bhagat Singh. They also demanded naming any important road and public holiday on his birthday.
Bhagat Sigh was born in September 28, 1907 in a village Bangay, situated in the outskirts of Faisalabad to Sardar Kishan Singh and Vidyavati. He stood against the English raj and emerged as most as a revolutionary leader of subcontinent. He joined Hindustan Republican Association in his early age and later changed the organisation as Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. He was held by British in Saunders murder case. He gained widespread national support when he underwent a 116 day hunger strike in jail with demand for equal rights for British and Indian prisoners. He was hanged on March 23, 1931 when he was only 23, in Lahore.