Update June 13, 2020

Dhaka 4-13 pm, 13-July, 2020

Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim dies

Mirajul Moin Joy

Awami League leader and former Health Minister Mohammad Nasim passed away at Bangladesh Specialised Hospital in the capital on Saturday. He was 72.

His son Tanvir Shakil Joy told media that his father breathed his last at the hospital around 11:10 am.

The Namaz-e- Janaza of the AL leader will be held at Banani Jam-e-mosque around 10:30am and he will be buried at his mother’s grave there, AL leader Jahangir Kabir Nanak told reporters in front of the hospital around 1:30pm today.

His body will be kept at the mortuary of the hospital at night.

Nasim’s body will not be taken to Sirajganj due to coronavirus situation, said Nanak.

Earlier on Friday night, an emergency meeting of a 12-member medical board was held through a videoconference after his health condition deteriorated.

Nasim’s son was present at the meeting.

The medical board was formed on Monday.

The former minister underwent a successful surgery after his condition deteriorated on June 5 following a stroke while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

A day before that, his health condition had improved and he was scheduled to be shifted to a cabin from ICU.

On June 2, Nasim tested positive for coronavirus.

Nasim, had been performing as convenor for the 14-party ruling alliance forged around the heft of Awami League.

Born on April 2, 1948, Mohammed Nasim served as Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Home Affairs respectively during 2014–2019 and 1999–2001.

Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday expressed profound shock at the death of Mohammd Nasim.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Road, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Law Minister Anisul Huq,Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam, Environment Minister Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Planning Minister M Mannan, Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Commerce Minister of Tipu Munshi, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed, Railways minister Nurul Islam Sujon, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, among others, expressed shock at the death of Mohammad Nasim.

Besides, Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Nasim.

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