Mahfuz Ullah buried

Politicians, colleagues, friends pay tributes

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:54, Apr 28,2019 | Updated: 23:33, Apr 28,2019

 
 

People from different walks of life join a prayer session following a namaj-e-janaza of journalist Mahfuz Ullah at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday. — New Age photo

Politicians, senior colleagues and friends on Sunday recalled the contributions of senior journalist, writer and freedom fighter Mahfuz Ullah.
He died Saturday at the age of 69 while undergoing treatment at a Bangkok hospital.
Mahfuz Ullah was buried at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard Sunday evening after his second namaj-e-janaza at the National Press Club attended by politicians, journalists and friends who paid tributes to him.
His qul khwani will be held at the National Press Club after asr prayers on May 1, said his son Mustafa Habib Antik.
His namaj-e-janaza at National Press Club was attended by ruling Awami League’s senior leader Tofail Ahmed, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, JSD president ASM Rob, BNP leaders Moudud Ahmed, Abdullah Al Noman, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, former Dhaka University vice chancellor Emajuddin Ahamed, freedom fighter Zafrullah Chowdhury, Election Commissioner Mahabub Talukdar, News Today editor Reazuddin Ahmed, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, Daily Observer editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Shafiqur Rahman, MP, Jugantor editor and National Press Club president Saiful Alam, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, journalist Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, composer and lyricist Gazi Mazharul Anwar, among others, attended his janaza .
They paid tributes to Mahfuz Ullah as a journalist, writer and political activist.
They said Mahfuz Ullah was rationalist, logical, objective and critical in his journalistic writings but while expressing dissenting views he was never bitter.
Friend and colleague at weekly Bichitra, now Manab Zamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury described Mahfuz Ullah as a thorough gentleman, learned and above all logical.
News Today editor Reazuddin Ahmed said Mahfuz Ullah fought for national independence as well as freedom of expression.
His objectivity as a journalist would always inspire new generation of journalists, he said.
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said Mahfuz Ullah was outspoken, ethical and just.
He said Mahfuz Ullah with his inherent politeness always made sure that differences did not turn bitter.
Ruling AL MP Shafiqur Rahman said that his differences with Mahfuz Ullah on DU campus never turned bitter.
Saiful Alam said Mahfuz Ullah would be remembered as a star journalist, researcher, writer, thinker and also for his generosity.
Born in Noakhali in 1950, Mahfuz Ullah did his BSc (Honours) and MSc in physics and MA in journalism from Dhaka University.
He was the grandson of Muzaffar Ahmed, respected throughout the subcontinent as a pioneer of the undivided Communist Party of India.
Also a writer, TV personality and environmentalist, Mahfuz Ullah was a pioneer of environmental journalism in Bangladesh. He was the founder secretary general of the Centre for Sustainable Development.
Mahfuz Ullah authored and edited more than 50 books. His notable works include: biographies of BNP founder and former president Ziaur Rahman, former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, the 1969 Mass Uprising etc.

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