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Annisul Huq’s body brought home

Nation pays tributes

WT24 Desk

The body of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq, who passed away at a London hospital on Thursday while undergoing treatment, arrived here on Saturday afternoon.

A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the mortal remains of the mayor landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:55pm.

Annisul’s younger brother and Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq received the body at the airport.

From the airport, the body was being taken to his Banani residence. Later, it will be taken to Bangladesh Army Stadium where people from all walks of life will pay their last respects to Annisul Huq.

Later, he will be laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard following a namaz-e-janaza after Asr prayers. Earlier, his first janaza was held at Regent Park Mosque in London after Juma prayers on Friday.

Annisul, also a successful businessman and popular television programme host, breathed his last at the Wellington Hospital in London on Thursday at the age of 66.

He was diagnosed with cerebral vasculitis after he was admitted to the hospital on August 13. Later, he was given treatment at the intensive care unit of the hospital for long.

Annisul flew to London in the last week of July on a personal tour.

Annisul was elected DNCC Mayor on Awami League ticket in April 2015. He served as the President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for two consecutive terms in 2005 and 2006.

Annisul served as the President of the Federation of the Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the apex trade body of the country, from 2008 to 2010 and was the founding president of Bangladesh Independent Power Producers’ Association (BIPPA) from June 1 to November 30, 2015.

Annisul established his own business entity in 1986 and was the chairperson of nine export-oriented organisations under the trade name of ‘Mohammadi Group’.

Annisul hosted many interviews with politically significant personalities, including one with the current Prime Minister live on national television. He hosted interviews that influenced national elections in forming government.

He hosted high-level business discussion programmes on television in which he interviewed both political and business personalities, including finance and commerce ministers.

Meanwhile, the nation’s paid their last respects to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Annisul Huq at the Army Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

President’s Military Secretary Maj Gen Md Sarwar Hossain first placed a wreath at the coffin of Annisul Huq on behalf of President Abdul Hamid while Prime Minister’s Military Secretary Major Gen Mia Md Jainul Abedin showed respects to him on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina placing another wreath at the coffin.

Sergeant of Arms Captain Mostak Ahmed placed a wreath on behalf of Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury while Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Raushon Ershad also paid her respects to him.

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, flanked by Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Presidium member Faruk Khan and Joint Secretary General Mahbubul-Alam Hanif, placed a wreath on behalf of the ruling party.

Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon and BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman placed wreaths at the coffin.

Besides, Navidul Huq, son of Annisul Huq, paid tributes to the mayor on behalf of their family members. Later, people from all strata of life started paying their last respects to the mayor.

Annisul will be laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard following a namaz-e-janaza after Asr prayers. His first janaza was held at Regent Park Mosque in London after Juma prayers on Friday.

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