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BNP leader Tariqul Islam laid to rest in Jashore
Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Tariqul Islam was laid to rest at Karbala Graveyard in Jashore town after his namaz-e-janaza held at the district’s central Eidgah after Asr prayers.
BNP leaders and activists earlier on the day paid tributes to the veteran leader in front of the party central office in the capital.
When his body was taken to the party office, leaders and activists adorned his coffin with the party flag.
Former minister and four-time lawmaker, Tariqul died on Sunday afternoon at a hospital in the capital at the age of 72.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy placed floral wreaths on Tariqul’s remains from the party and the party acting chairman Tarique Rahman.
They stayed silent for few minutes to mourn Tariqul’s death.
Later, associate organisations including Juba Dal, Sweschasebak Dal, Mahila Dal, Krishak Dal, Tanti Dal, Doctors Association of Bangladesh, Matshyajibi Dal, Chhatra Dal paid tribute to the veteran leader.
A namaz-e-janaza was also held in front of the BNP office at about 10:00am.
In a short speech before the gathering, Mirza Fakhrul said that Tariqul Islam in his long political career dedicated his life for the country, people and toiling masses.
‘His death is an unrecoverable loss for us,’ he added.
‘BNP lost a pragmatic and seasoned leader and the county lost a true politician,’ Fakhrul said.
BNP observed mourning day on Monday for Tariqul.
Black flag was hoisted at the offices of the party across the country. The leaders and activists wore black badge.
After the janaza at Naya Paltan, Tariqul’s body was taken to the South Plaza of the parliament for another namaz-e-janaza.
Chief whip ASM Firoj, Awami League lawmaker Shamsul Haque Tuku, Kazi Nabil Ahmed, Jatiya Party leader Nurul Islam, Dhaka University Professor Mahbubullah, journalist Mahfuzullah, Liberal Democratic Party leader Oli Ahmed and Shahadat Hossain, among others, attended the janaza.
Chief whip ASM Firoj paid tribute on behalf of the parliament to Tariqul. Nurul Islam of Jatiya Party paid tribute on behalf of the leader of the opposition, Oli Ahmed on behalf of LDP and BNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan paid floral tribute on behalf of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.
BDchronicle correspondent in Jashore reports that over 1 lakh people including party senior leaders and local politicians from different political parties and people of all walks of life joined the janaza.
His body was flown to Jashore airport at 2:35pm by a helicopter and then taken to his residence at 2:55pm and then taken to Eidgah for namaz-e-janaza. He was buried at Karbala Graveyard in the evening.
Born in Jashore town on 16 November, 1946, Tariqul started politics as an activist of Chhatra Union while he was a student and was elected MM College unit general secretary of the student organisation in 1963-64 session.
He was also president of the Jashore district unit of the student organisation.
The seasoned politician engaged in politics as a follower of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani.
Tariqul joined BNP in 1978 after the party›s inception in the same year by late president Ziaur Rahman.
Late Tariqul held various important portfolios of BNP, including vice-chairman and joint secretary general.
Tariqul was the information minister and environment minister during BNP-led four-party
alliance government in 2001-2006.
Tariqul was also the social welfare minister, post and telecommunications minister in the cabinet of BNP government led by Khaleda Zia in 1991-96.