Leaders of the ruling Awami League and Jatiya Party praised the late military dictator-turned-president as a noble soul and a visionary leader at his qul khwani held Wednesday at Azad mosque in the capital’s Gulshan.
AL advisory committee member Tofail Ahmed, presidium member Mohammad Nasim, prime minister’s private sector affairs adviser Salman F Rahman, former AL MP Noor-e-Alam Siddiqui, Jatiya Party senior co-chairperson Rawshan Ershad, its acting chairman GM Quader, presidium members of the party, among others attended the programme.
‘Presence of hundreds of people at his janaza, burial ceremony and qul khwani proves Ershad was a very popular leader,’ Tofail said.
‘I know him since he returned from Pakistan in 1973. We had very good relation despite having different political ideologies,’ he added.
Tofail also recalled Ershad as the founder of Jatiya Party, leader of the opposition and especial envoy to prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
‘He was a soft-minded poet and had special affectation for the children,’ he said.
Quader recalled president Ershad’s contributions to development of industry, sports and culture in Bangladesh. ‘He initiated many organisations and the nation is now getting their services,’ he said.
Noor-e-Alam Siddiqui, also president of Azad mosque, lauded Ershad’s contribution for declaring Islam as the state religion, inducting the phrase Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim in the constitution of the republic and announcing Friday as the weekly holiday.
Ershad, also considered as an autocratic ruler, died on Sunday while taking treatment at Dhaka Combine Military Hospital on Sunday.
He was buried with state honour on Tuesday at his Rangpur home.
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