India may have forgotten the hot-blooded revolutionary Bhagat Singh, but many Pakistanis, especially in the Punjabi-speaking Lahore area, still consider him a hero. Singh was a freedom fighter and fought for independence of undivided India.
Eighty-six years after revolutionary Bhagat Singh was hanged for the murder of a British police officer John P Saunders, a Pakistani lawyer is fighting to prove the legendary Indian freedom fighter's innocence in a Lahore court. Advocate Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi who runs the Lahore-based Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation, filed a fresh petition on September 11th in the Lahore High Court for the early hearing of his case to prove Singh's innocence.
British rulers hanged Bhagat Singh on March 23, 1931 in Lahore at the age of 23, after being tried under charges for hatching a conspiracy against the colonial government. The case was filed against Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru for allegedly killing British police officer Saunders.The division bench of the Lahore High Court had in February last year asked the Chief Justice of Pakistan to constitute a larger bench to hear the petition by Qureshi. But no action has been taken yet. Qureshi said special judges of the tribunal handling Singh's case awarded death sentence to him without hearing the 450 witnesses in the case. Singh's lawyers were not given the opportunity to cross-examine them.