He was a founding member of Awami League and a close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Freedom fighter and veteran Awami League leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz passed away on Monday evening. He was 89.
Aziz died of old age complications, at his Gulshan residence in Dhaka, around 6:30pm, his nephew and former district sessions judge, Md Belayet Hossain, confirmed.
Born in 1929 in Teligati village under Bagerhat’s Morelganj upazila, Aziz completed his bachelors of arts degree at then Calcutta University, followed by masters of arts and LLB degrees at Dhaka University.
A founding member of the ruling party, Aziz was a close associate of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and one of the key leaders during the Liberation War in 1971.
He was the convener of the Independence Announcement Committee during the 1971 Liberation War, and worked as the liaison officer of Sector 9.
He was the founding president of Awami League’s unit in the greater Khulna region.
He was also the communication, agriculture, and post and telecommunication minister in Bangabandhu’s cabinet after the war.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed profound shock and sorrow at the news of Aziz’s death.
In separate messages, both the president and the prime minister prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul, and extended their condolences for his family members.
Aziz is survived by a son and two daughters.
Among others who have expressed grief at Aziz’s death are Dr Mozammel Hossain, lawmaker and president of the ruling party’s Bagerhat district unit; Shah-e-Alam Bachchu, Morelganj Upazila Parishad chairman and vice-president of the district unit; Sheikh Kamruzzaman Tuku, chairman of Bagerhat Zilla Parishad and general secretary of Awami League’s district unit; and Khan Habibur Rahman, mayor of Bagerhat municipality and joint general secretary of Awami League in Bagerhat.