National professor Sufia Ahmed dies

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:36, Apr 09,2020 | Updated: 02:03, Apr 11,2020


Sufia Ahmed

Language movement veteran and national professor Sufia Ahmed died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in the capital Thursday evening.

Sufia, 87, wife of former adviser to the caretaker government and late law legend Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed, was a professor of Dhaka University Islamic history and culture department.

She died at United Hospitals in Dhaka at about 8:50pm.

She is survived by her son and daughter to mourn her death, said Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed and Associates member Md Asaduzzaman.

She was laid to rest at Banani graveyard after her namaz-e-janaza at her Gulshan house at about 10:00am on Friday, he said.

She took part in the language movement in 1952. She was one of the female forerunners to break Section 144 and deny the curfew on Dhaka University Campus on February 21, 1952.

Sufia Ahmed was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2002 and Sufia Kamal Award in 2015.

She had served as the president of Bangladesh Itihas Parishad.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Ain o Salish Kendra in separate statements expressed deep shock at her death and prayed for eternal peace of her departed soul.

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