The Pakistan post office has issued a commemorative postage stamp honoring Dewan Bahadur S.P. Singha, a Christian leader who, as a member of the Punjab Assembly, supported the partition of British India and the creation of Pakistan in 1947.
Christian and Muslim leaders welcomed the initiative, calling it an important step toward recognizing the role played by minorities in nation building, AsiaNews reported.
A mock-up of the postage stamp was unveiled on April 30 at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the official residence of the president of Pakistan.
Speaking at the ceremony, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain said that dynamic nations always remember those who serve their country. He said Dewan Bahadur had rendered unforgettable services for the establishment of Pakistan for which the nation was thankful.
“It is very important to acknowledge the contribution made by minorities in the creation of Pakistan,” Suneel Malik, director of the Foundation Peace and Human Development, told AsiaNews.