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Pak stays Bhagat tag on traffic island

Lahore, Nov. 28 (PTI): A Pakistani court today extended by three weeks a stay on a move to rename a traffic island in Lahore after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.

Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh of the Lahore High Court extended the stay after the Punjab government and the Lahore city district government failed to submit their response to a petition challenging the renaming of Fawara Chowk at Shadman after Bhagat Singh. The Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool, a movement launched by the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, filed the plea.

Zahid Butt, a local trader who filed the petition on behalf of the organisation, said RAW, India’s external intelligence agency, had funded the Bhagat Singh Foundation to raise the issue. He claimed the foundation lobbied the Dilkash Lahore Committee that recommended the renaming of the roundabout.

Senior JuD leader Maulana Amir Hamza said the group will not allow places to be named after Hindus, Sikhs or Christians.

 
 
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