Former minister and senior BNP leader M Shamsul Islam died at a hospital in Dhaka on Thursday. He was 87.
The former BNP Standing Committee member breathed his last at Gulshan’s United Hospital at 1:40pm, said his Personal Secretary Kamrul Hasan.
He said Shamsul was undergoing treatment at the hospital for various old-age complications since April 17.
Shamsul is survived by two sons and a host of relatives and admirers.
The BNP leader's first namaz-e-janaza was held at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Maghrib prayers, and then his body was kept at United Hospital mortuary.
His second janaza would be held at 9am on Friday at the South Plaza of the Parliament Complex, and the third one in front of BNP's Naya Paltan headquarters at 10am.
From there, his body would be taken to his village home in Munshiganj.
He would be buried at his family graveyard at Tinsuri in Sadar Upazila following a fourth janaza there after Jummah prayers.
Born on January 1, 1932, Shamsul Islam had joined BNP's politics right after the party’s formation in 1978.
He was later appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to Indonesia in 1979, when military ruler and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman was in power.
Shamsul was elected MP thrice with BNP's ticket in 1991, 1996 and 2001 from his home constituency Munshiganj-3.
When BNP formed government in 1991, he was first made the state minister for post and telecommunications, and then the food minister.
Later, Shamsul performed as both the food and information minister from 1993 to 1996.
He was first made land minister during BNP's rule in 2001 and later given the charge of the Information Ministry.