Pakistan based advocate Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi from Lahore Court Saturday said that British Prime Minister Theresa May should apologise from both India and Pakistan for the ‘judicial killing’ of Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh and his comrades and provide heavy compensation to their families.
Qureshi, who is the chairman of Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation, Lahore was fighting a case to prove that Bhagat Singh was innocent in the killing of British Police Officer JP Saunders. An FIR was lodged in this case on December 17, 1928 but it did not carry the name of Bhagat Singh in it.
Talking to Daily Post, Imtiaz Qureshi said that he would file an amended petition in the court to make UK government a party in this case next week. “If the previous UK Prime Minister David Cameron can visit Jalianwala Bagh for the killing of 1000 people by General Reginald Dyer and regret, then why not the current PM Theresa May. Cameron had visited Jallianwala Bagh in February 2013”, he said.
The Lahore based advocate said that Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were ‘innocent’ in this case but they were hanged to death in Lahore. “The UK government is answerable for the judicial killing of Bhagat Singh and his comrades and should provide heavy compensation to them. This would be a befitting tribute to the Bhagat Singh, who is a common hero of India and Pakistan”, he said.
23 March was the 88th martyrdom day of Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, which was observed by Qureshi’s foundation at ‘Bhagat Singh chowk’, which is known as ‘Shadman chowk’ in Lahore. A candle light march was also held amidst sloganeering for peace between India and Pakistan.
Qureshi also said that both India and Pakistan can chalk out the road to peace in the name of Bhagat Singh, who was an icon in both the countries, even after eight decades of his death.
Earlier, talking about renaming Shadman Chowk as Bhagat Singh chowk, Qureshi said that they had taken up the matter with Lahore Mayor Colonel Muddassar Nazim (retd). “A letter issued to us by Additional Deputy Commissioner yesterday mentioned Shadman chowk as Bhagat Singh chowk. We are likely to complete the formalities within a couple of days”, he added.
Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi’s foundation also passed a resolution hailing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her humanitarian approach towards the recent terror attack in Christchurch Mosque on March 15.
Qureshi’s foundation hung up big hoardings with pictures of Jacinda Ardern and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan with a message- ‘You are mark of interfaith harmony’. “We appreciate your noble services for Muslims, Long live New Zealand”, they stated.
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