Dhaka – The body of celebrated politician Syed Ashraful Islam is scheduled to reach in Dhaka Saturday from Bangkok, where the Awami League veteran died at a hospital of cancer, officials said.
Ashraful Islam, the public administration affairs minister, died of lung cancer at Bumrungrad International Hospital in the Thai capital on Thursday. He was 66.
The minister was undergoing treatment at the hospital for a long time.
Political colleagues and relatives will receive the body at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the evening. Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader will receive the body of his predecessor at the airport.
On arrival, the body will be taken to his official residence at Bailey Road. Later, the body will be kept at the mortuary of Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.
The first funeral prayers of Ashraful Islam, a veteran freedom fighter, will be held on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises at 10am on Sunday. He will be given guard of honour.
His body will be flown to Kishoreganj, from where the veteran Awami League leader was elected member of parliament for five times. The second funeral prayers will be held at old stadium ground in Kishoreganj town at 12 noon.
Then the body will be taken to Mymensingh Anjuman Eidgah ground at 2pm on Sunday. He will be laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard in Dhaka at 4.30pm on the same day.
Syed Ashraful Islam, who left Bangladesh for the United Kingdom after his father Syed Nazrul Islam was assassinated in the jail in 1975, elected lawmaker with AL ticked in 1996 for the first time. He contested for the election on his return from UK.
Born in 1952, Ashraful Islam studied in Mymensingh. He was actively involved in student politics since his college days. He was the general secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League of greater Mymensingh district.
He served the country as state minister for civil aviation and tourism ministry at that time. Syed Ashraful Islam was made general secretary of the Awami League party and he served Bangladesh as Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives ministry prior to his new assignment as Public Administration Affairs Minister.
The veteran politician is survived by a daughter and host of relatives, supporters and well wishers mourn his death.
His father Syed Nazrul Islam was acting President of Bangladesh’s Mujibnagar Government in 1971 and one of the key figures of Bangladesh independence struggle.
Syed Ashraful Islam was elected lawmaker in the just–ended Bangladesh’s parliamentary election on December 30, 2018. He could not take oath to the new parliament as he died on the day of the oath-taking ceremony.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minsiter Sheikh Hasina, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury and leaders from across the political divides mourned the death. They said Bangladesh lost an honest politician.