Pak stalls renaming chowk after Bhagat Singh following objections

Lahore – The plan to rename Fawara Chowk in Lahore after Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh has been put on hold after it drew objections from “certain sections of society”.

City government officials said that 13 people had voiced disapproval of the name change while only six had supported it, at a hearing organized to draw public opinion on the subject.

The argument against renaming the chowk after Bhagat Singh was that since Pakistan is a Muslim country, its major roads and squares should be named after Muslims, not Hindus or Sikhs, reports The Express Tribune.

The officials said the District Coordination Officer (DCO) has decided to put a hold on the plan to rename the chowk and has forwarded the matter to a committee set up as part of a project to revitalise Lahore that will look into renaming several squares, underpasses, roads and intersections after historically significant figures from this region.

The project for the revitalisation of the city called ‘Dilkash Lahore’, is being steered by a committee of 21 members.

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