Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

AL leader Syed Ashraf passes away

Published on: 11:19 pm - Thursday | January 3, 2019


Former Awami League General Secretary and Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam died at a hospital in Bangkok on Thursday night. He was 68.

Battling lung cancer for a long time, he breathed his last at the Bumrungrad Hospital.
He had taken his leave of absence from parliament on Sept 18 last year.
Even though Ashraf was absent during the election, he emerged the winner at Kishoreganj-1.
Syed Ashraf, the public administration minister, requested to give him more time to take his oath of office in a letter addressing Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Wednesday, reports
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paid tribute to her long-time confidante.
President Md Abdul Hamid also mourned the death of Syed Ashraf.

Syed Ashraf, son of Syed Nazrul Islam, one of the four national leaders killed in the jail in 1975, left for the United Kingdom after

the assassination.
He became a member of parliament on the AL ticket from Kishoreganj-1in 1996 after returning home. He was re-elected in 2001, 2008 and 2014.
Ashraf was entrusted with the duties of Awami League general secretary when central leaders including Hasina were put behind bars during the 2007-8 emergency rule.
(Observer BD)