We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Annisul Huq.
Annisul Huq was, by common consensus and all measures, one of the finest mayors the city of Dhaka or any city in Bangladesh had ever seen.
With his promises to create a cleaner, greener, and safer Dhaka city, he did much in the way of improving the conditions of the citizens who call the capital their home.
And with more than 20,000 illegal billboards removed, the roads widened and made more passable, the city cleaned up, a rickshaw plan in place, among countless other innovative measures, Mayor Annisul Huq was a politician who delivered on his promises.
He was also instrumental in clearing up the Tejgaon bus stand, an immeasurable service to tens of thousands of daily Dhaka city commuters. His plan to streamline bus service in the city would do more to benefit more people than just about any other measure one can think of. We can only hope and pray that it will see the light of day without his energetic presence to push it through.
A strong leader, he stood his ground, not allowing anyone to stand between him and the promises he made to the people of this city.
It is a sad day indeed when such a leader is lost.
Dhaka has seen immense change for the better over the past two and a half years, and Mayor Annisul Haq was instrumental in that process.
But a politician was not all he was. He was a loving husband, a generous father, and a doting son. Before he became mayor of DNCC, he was a highly successful and widely respected industrialist and industry leader, and a celebrated television personality.
In short, Annisul Huq was one of the truly remarkable figures of our time, and it is a tragedy that he left us so soon, with so much of his work undone.
Who knows what he might not have achieved given the time, had his brilliant promise not been cut down so cruelly.