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Diplomat Faruq Ahmed Choudhury passes away

  • Published at 10:02 am May 17th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:18 pm May 17th, 2017
Diplomat Faruq Ahmed Choudhury passes away
Former foreign secretary and ambassador Faruq Ahmed Choudhury has passed away at a city hospital. He was 84. He breathed his last around 4:30am Wednesday, one of his fellow colleagues told UNB. His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Foreign Ministry for holding and later his body will be taken to Baitul Aman Mosque in Dhanmondi 7 for another namaz-e-janaza after Asr prayers. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister Md Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque expressed deep shock at him death. They also prayed for the eternal peace of Faruq's departed soul. Faruq entered the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1956 and subsequently held various appointments in the Pakistan Foreign Office and Missions abroad. He was appointed the first Chief of Protocol of Bangladesh in 1972. The diplomat served as deputy high commissioner of Bangladesh in the United Kingdom from 1972-76 and was also involved with the final phase of the negotiations leading to Bangladesh's entry to the Commonwealth. From 1976-78, he was Ambassador to the UAE and Bahrain, and Ambassador to EEC and Benelux countries from 1978-82. After returning to the headquarters in 1982, he became the chief coordinator of the 13th OIC Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Dhaka in 1983. He was also the additional foreign secretary in the Ministry from 1983-84. Later, he became Foreign Secretary in 1984 and continued told hold the position till 1986 , before serving as Bangladesh High Commissioner to India from 1986-92. After retirement from the government service in 1992, Faruq associated himself with social services and authored a number of books. He also served Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (Brac), one of the largest NGOs of the world, in different capacities.