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BNP leader Shamsul Islam laid to rest

  • Published at 10:02 pm April 27th, 2018
BNP leader Shamsul Islam laid to rest
Former minister and BNP leader M Shamsul Islam was laid to eternal rest in Munshiganj on Friday. He was buried at his family graveyard at Tinsuri village in Sadar upazila following his fourth and final namaz-e-janaza after the Juma prayers. BNP leaders and activists, locals, family and relatives attended the janaza. Shamsul, also a former BNP standing committee member, breathed his last at United Hospital in Dhaka on Thursday at 1:40pm while undergoing treatment for various old-age complications. The BNP leader's first namaz-e-janaza was held at Gulshan Azad Mosque after the Maghrib prayers on Thursday, and then his body was kept at the United Hospital mortuary. His second namaz-e-janaza was held on Friday at 9am at the south plaza of Parliament Complex.

BNP pays last homage to Shamsul

Around 10:30am, his body was taken to BNP's Nayapaltan headquarters and kept on a temporary stage in front of it, enabling party leaders and activists to have a last glimpse of their late leader. Then, his third namaz-e-janaza was held there, attended by several hundred party leaders and activists. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, and Vice-chairmen Abdullah Al Noman, Aminul Haque and Ahmed Azam Khan, party chief  Khaleda Zia’s advisers Mizanur Rahman Minu, Habibur Rahman Habib and Abdus Salam, Treasurer Mizanur Rahman Sinha and Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, among others, joined the janaza. In a brief speech prior to the namaz-e-janaza, Fakhrul recalled Shamsul’s outstanding contributions to the party. "The vacuum created in the country's political arena following the death of a seasoned politician like Shamsul Islam won't be filled easily." He urged people to pray for salvation of the BNP leader's departed soul. Later, Fakhrul along with party senior leaders, on behalf of the party, placed floral wreaths at Shamsul’s coffin and draped it with a party flag as a mark of respect to the late leader. Leaders of BNP’s associate bodies also placed wreaths at his coffin, paying their last homage to him. From Nayapaltan, the BNP leader’s body was taken to Munshiganj for burial. Born on January 1, 1932, Shamsul joined BNP right after its formation. He was appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to Indonesia in 1979. He was elected MP thrice on BNP's tickets in 1991, 1996 and 2001 from his home constituency. When BNP formed government in 1991, he was first made state minister for posts and telecommunications and then food minister. Later, he was in charge of both food and information ministries from 1993 to 1996. He was first made land minister during BNP's rule in 2001 and then was given the charge of the Information Ministry.