January 18, 2022

Jallianwala Bagh Documents Exhibition in Lahore

Lahore: It has been a century since the land of the subcontinent had witnessed its most brutal bloodshed — The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. To commemorate solidity with the victims, the Punjab Government is organizing an exhibition to display the story of Jallianwala Bagh, at the Civil Secretariat from 20th of April, 2019. It is the same place where Lala Lajpat Rai was caned for opposing the Simon Commission. The archive department will display documents pertaining to the massacre, in November 1928.

Punjab Civil Secretariat

Punjab archives department is situated inside — the majestic white building of the Punjab civil secretariat (پنجاب سوّل سیکریٹیریٹ), in the heart of Lahore. Archives department of Punjab preserves several vital documents about the history of the subcontinent, since 1849. This building was, originally, commissioned to be built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir as the tomb of Anarkali (مقبره انارکلی). The mausoleum is still there inside the building.

Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation Lahore

On the 100th Anniversary of the tragic Jalianwala Bagh incident, 13th April 2019, British Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed her condolence and apology. She said that they (the british government) deeply regret what had happened and the suffering caused (by it).

On this occasion, Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, the chairman of Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation (BSMF) Lahore, has confirmed that the archives department has agreed to exhibit rare documents connected to the incident. Earlier the archives department had displayed records about freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, which attracted keen interest from the visitors.

BSMF has also been requesting Pakistan government to issue a postage stamp and name a road in the memory of the victims of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. BSMF is a nonprofit organization, which is also demanding monetary compensation for the families of the brutal incident.

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