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Journalist leader Altaf Mahmud dies

Update : 24 Jan 2016, 06:55 PM

Altaf Mahmud, president of the pro-Awami League faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday morning. He was 66.

He breathed his last around 8:30am at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital, reports UNB.

Altaf Mahmud, executive editor of the Bangla daily Destiny, had been suffering from neurological problems and undergoing treatment at the hospital.

He is survived by wife, one son, two daughters and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman and Kamrul Islam Chowdhury, president and general secretary of the National Press Club respectively, have expressed deep shock at the demise of Altaf Mahmud and also conveyed their sympathy to the bereaved family members.

President, PM mourn

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed deep shock at the death Altaf Mahmood.

In a condolence message, the president said the contribution of Altaf Mahmood to journalism will ever be remembered. The death of this senior journalist is an irreparable loss to the country’s journalism, he added.

He prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family.

In her message, the Premier recalled Altaf Mahmood’s contribution to journalism as well as democratic movements and other crucial events of the nation. “His death is an irreparable loss to the journalism arena,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family. 

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