Government of Pakistan has issued, new postage stamps having image of prominent Christian leader of country’ history. Government while acknowledging his role in the struggle for independence of Pakistan, published postage stamps with portrait of Deewan Bahadur S.P. Singha, on them. These dedicatory stamps are of Rupees 10 denomination each.
The stamps have been issued in order to recognise S.P. Singha’ services for Pakistan. This is the very first time, in the history of Pakistan when a Christians’ image has been published on postage stamps. Although the stamps were due to be issued on Christmas day 2015; however the stamps have been made public with a delay.
With S.P. Singha’s vote in favor of Pakistan, the total count of votes in favor of Pakistan reached 91 against 88 votes in favor of a joint India. Three votes from Christians made Pakistan movement successful and so Pakistan came into being.
Deewan Bahadur Seeta Parkash Singha was born on 26th April, 1893 in Pusrur, District Sialkot of Punjab. S.P. Singha eyed a Pakistan where Quiad’s disciplines were implemented. S.P. Singha was one of the inner circle allies of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
In 1939, the British Colonial government awarded him the title of “Deewan Bahadur” as recognition of his valuable services to the Sub-continent. S.P. Singha was affiliated with largest political party of Christians in the Indo-Pak namely, All India Christian Association. He was several times nominated as a candidate of the All India Christian Association during elections.
From 1936 till 1949, S.P. Singha remained member of Punjab Assembly as a candidate of All India Christian Association. He has the honor of being the last Speaker of the Punjab Assembly before partition. Moreover, he was the first Speaker of the Punjab Assembly after the creation of Pakistan. However, he passed away on 22nd October, 1949.