National Awami Party (NAP) President Professor Muzaffar Ahmad, a member of the advisory council of the Liberation War-time government, has died at a hospital in Dhaka.
The 97-year old politician, also a close friend of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, breathed his last at the Apollo Hospital in the capital around 7:50pm on Friday, report bdnews24.com and UNB.
He was admitted to the hospital on August 14 with old age complications and transferred to intensive care unit five days later.
Muzaffar Ahmad, who was the only living advisor to the wartime government, was born in Debidwar upazila of Cumilla on April 14, 1922. He also took part in the 1952 Language Movement.
He was one of the organisers of NAP, CPB and guerilla force of the student union.
After the independence, Muzaffar was elected a member of parliament in 1979 and contested the 1981 presidential polls.
Three years ago, he declined the government’s offer to receive Swadhinata Padak, the highest civilian award.
President, PM express deep shock and sorrow
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the veteran politician.
In a message, the President prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and extended condolences to the bereaved family.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a separate message, described his role in the Liberation War and various democratic movements of the country in his long political life.
“The Nation will forever remember his contribution in the progressive politics of the country,” the Prime Minister said.
Sheikh Hasina prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family.