Pakistan has issued a commemorative postage stamp of Rs10 denomination ‘Recognising the services for Pakistan of Dewan Bahadur S.P. Singha’.

This is a great news and honour for the Pakistani Christians and Singha family. It is the first time in Pakistani history that any Pakistani Christian’s image has been published on a postage stamp.

Nasir Saeed director of CLAAS-UK said that although the recognition is a bit late as Mr Singha died in 1948, just a month after the death of Quaid e Azam but it is never too late for him to be given the respect and honour he deserve.

He added: “This decision of the Pakistani government is commendable. I am sure it will not just raise Pakistani Christians’ morale, and make them proud, but it will go some way to restoring their trust in the government.

“It also encourages and inspires them to continue working hard to play a role in Pakistan’s security and prosperity, as their ancestors did.”

Dewan Bahadur S.P. Singha is an important personality of Pakistan’s history. Mr Singha the then speaker of the united Punjab, played a vital role in Pakistan’s movement. Being a speaker he used his decisive “casting vote” in the Assembly of United Punjab in favour of Pakistan and supported the Quaid-e-Azam’s vision of a separate independent country, Pakistan.

Mr Singha is one of the Christian founders of the Pakistan and had done great services which were hardly recognised, but now by issuing a postage stamp of Rs. 10, the government has done a great job of recognising his services for Pakistan.