The well-wishers of late Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq have reminisced about their memories with him at a program on the Bangla Academy premises.
Shilpir Pashe Foundation organized the memorial program in honour of Annisul Huq on Wednesday evening.
At the program, Annisul’s widow Rubana Huq said: “I look at my children and find Annisul. All my family members, including me, always feel his existence. My children and grandchild always remind me of him. He is always with us.”
“I was his best friend. I asked people to vote for him because he was a good human being. I used to criticize him most often as I was his closest confidant,” said Rubana.
She added that Annisul Huq would not have been such a great public servant if he was not an artist on the inside. Annisul’s television channel will be launched next month, as the family is working hard to fulfill all his dreams, she added.
Rubana said: “Annisul used to say that he wanted to die as a hero and his desire became true. I thank Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for giving him the chance to serve his nation. He passed away but left us all alone.”
Annisul set an example and the nation needs more people like him, Rubana added.
“We are a family of 20,000 people and I believe we can make his dreams come true,” she said.
Writer Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam said: “Annisul was willing to make every possible change for the betterment of Dhaka. He dreamed of turning the city into a model town where people would visit to witness its beauty.”
“I was worried when Annisul told me that he wanted to become the mayor of Dhaka. I was worried about Annisul and used to wonder if he would be able to survive in politics. Proving me wrong, Annisul changed the face of politics,” he added.
Even pictures of Annisul Huq speak to the people, said Magician Jewel Aich.
“Annisul Huq was different from others. When I first saw his picture, I was amazed. As if the picture wanted to tell me something. He used to share his thoughts and seek someone to turn them into reality,” he added.
Businessman Atikul Islam, who is fighting for the DNCC mayoral post in the upcoming by-polls, said he wants to work on Annisul’s dreams and make Dhaka city the model town Annisul always dreamt of.
A small video on Annisul’s life was played at the program.
Trustee Member and Chairman of Shilpir Pashe Foundation Professor Anisuzzaman, Vice-Chairman Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Cultural Minister Asaduzzaman Noor, Businessman Anjon Chowdhury and Writer Selina Hossain were present at the event, among other noted personalities.